WH Tweets Comparison Between Pope’s Remarks, Obama’s At Prayer Breakfast

September 24, 2015 1:38 pm

After Pope Francis delivered his address to Congress on Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz highlighted the pontiff’s comments on religious extremism, highlighting a comparison between his remarks and those previously made by President Obama.

Schultz links to a U.S. News and World Report article comparing the pope’s Thursday remarks about religious fundamentalism to comments Obama made about the religious violence carried out by Christians during the Crusades while making that all religions have seen pockets of violence. Obama’s remarks at the prayer breakfast sparked outrage among conservatives in February.

The pope on Thursday said, “We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms.”

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