Republican Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp said comments from President Obama on Christian history and modern Islamic extremism reflect his education overseas as a child.
"Well as you said he believes this and uh, don't forget this was not a man educated in our American system," Huelsklamp told Laura Ingraham last week. "He learned all kinds of things wherever he was educated. He spent time in Indonesia and their schools there and this is exactly what they taught there. It's probably close to what he believes."
President Obama's remarks on the relationship between extremists and Islam at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and the National Prayer Breakfast have drew the ire of his critics, particularly lines in which he which he portrayed a historical comparison between atrocities committed by Islamic State fighters and past "terrible deeds in the name of Christ."
Huelskamp continued, saying that the president missed the nature of Islamic terrorism, adding that the underpinning of Islam was violent, unlike Christianity.
"But this idea that hope and denial somehow is going to change what's going on out there. It is certainly what he believes and it's totally wrong, and, uh, people are dying out there because of Muslim terrorists, and unless we recognize that fact we are never going to defeat them. But after a 1000 years of history Laura, there is no question that the unpinning of Islam is radical and it is violent. Which is completely different than our Christian history, and we have to understand that. But here is this guy controlling millions of soldiers that are going to have to be sent out to hopefully destroying these radicals."
Huelskamp added that Islam was spread by "fire and sword and terror," while Christianity was spread by "saints and martyrs," a history that he said Obama wants to rewrite.
"Well the history of Islam is this, it's spread by fire and sword and terror, which is totally different than how we have spread Christianity, which is by saints and martyrs. The president surely has been told the history but he wants to rewrite it though. But in his mind he said he wants to remake America. He promised the American people that he would do that, and he's continued to do that. Whether it's backing down from these terrorists, or you know, bringing an, uh, open our border up with amnesty. What is sad to me is those folks who want to become President of the United States who tend to agree with him on many of these things."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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