GOP Lawmaker Says Obama Defended ISIS At Prayer Breakfast

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February 9, 2015 2:12 p.m.

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said that President Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last week amounted to a defense of the terrorist group ISIS, Buzzfeed reported Monday.

President Obama raised conservatives’ ire with a speech at the annual event Thursday in which he said that no religious tradition has a monopoly on violent extremism and that zealots had “committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ” during the Crusades and Inquisition.

“Not only did he vilify Christianity, but he actually made a case to defend radical Islam,” Fleming said on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio show Friday.

Fleming accused Obama of “creating a propaganda bonanza for terrorists” with the speech. “What he’s really saying is ‘Well look, these are freedom fighters, just like the patriots of the Revolutionary War. And they’re no different, their service is just as honorable,’” Fleming said. “And nothing could be further from the truth.”

During the speech, Obama condemned ISIS as “a brutal, vicious death cult” that carries out “unspeakable acts of barbarism.”

In 2012, a Subway sandwich shop that Fleming owned allegedly refused service to two Muslim patrons.

Listen below, via Buzzfeed:

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