- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that Christian and Jewish people cannot count on support from President Obama and that the president wouldn’t be able to distinguish the good guys from the bad even in a movie starring John Wayne.

“The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community,” Mr. Huckabee said on Fox News. “And it doesn’t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community — he [could] be defensive of moderate Muslims and still be very, very clear in saying that the fanatical Muslims are the heart and soul of [the] war that is raging across this world.”

Mr. Huckabee also slammed Mr. Obama’s remarks during his State of the Union address that no challenge poses a “greater threat to future generations” than climate change.

“Well, listen — I assure you that a beheading is much worse than a sunburn, and this president couldn’t watch a western from the ‘50s and know the difference between the good guys and the bad guys even if John Wayne was starring in the film,” Mr. Huckabee said. “That’s just how bad it is for him to perceive what our real threat is.”

At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last week, Mr. Obama did condemn those who use Islam as a justification for terror attacks.

“From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for their faith — profess to stand up for Islam but in fact are betraying it,” Mr. Obama said. “We see [the Islamic State], a brutal, vicious death cult that in the name of religion carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism, terrorizing religious minorities.”

“No God condones terror,” Mr. Obama said. “As people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion, any religion for their own nihilistic ends.”

Mr. Obama also said that people committed “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” during the Crusades and the Inquisition, and that slavery and Jim Crow “all too often” was justified in the name of Christ.

“It is not unique to one group or one religion,” he said. “There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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