Originally posted by Jeffrey Lord at Conservative Review

Will President Obama – the leader of the Democratic Party – formally apologize for his party’s role in slavery and Jim Crow? Will the Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate pass resolutions calling on the president to apologize for his party’s role in slavery and Jim Crow?

The question arises in the wake of the president’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in which Mr. Obama says:

Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

Let’s put the Crusades aside. Scholars of the period have quickly corrected the appalling lack of historical understanding in President Obama’s now infamous comments at the National Prayer Breakfast. Thomas F. Madden, a professor of medieval history and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University as well as the author of The Concise History of the Crusades has pointedly done so at National Review, writing that the president got his history exactly backwards. In fact, the Crusades were a response by Christians “to save Christian people and restore Christian lands” after “more than four centuries of attacks on Christian peoples by Muslim powers.”

What should be of real importance to Americans is the president’s mind-boggling lecture that “in our home country slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.” Which, again, raises a pointed if uncomfortable question for Democrats about finally apologizing for the party’s championing of both slavery and Jim Crow. In fact, the president’s remark might more accurately be phrased this way: “…in our home country slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of the Democratic Party and the progressive movement.”

Read Jeffrey’s entire commentary here.

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