The media once again went off the rails when they found out that a group of pastors and Christian leaders prayed with and for Pres. Trump at the White House. Here’s what Erin Burnett of CNN said of the impromptu prayer meeting:
“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”
A comment like this shows how out of touch and ignorant many in the media are when it comes to religion and history. It’s only stunning for someone who doesn’t know much aboaut the Bible or American history. For Christians, praying for political leaders is common and commanded. The Apostle Paul wrote:
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
So is the laying on of hands (1 Tim. 5:22; Mark 10:16; Luke 4:40; Acts 6:6; 13:3; 8:17; 28:8; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6).
When Pres. Obama cow towed to the Islamists, the media praised his commitment to religious diversity and believed everything he said about the history of Islam. They praised his 2009 Cairo speech even though it was filled with historical inaccuracies like “Islam … paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment” and the claim that President John Adams wrote, “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.”
Adams did not write that line. (In the past, atheists have claimed that it was written by Pres. George Washington.) Something similar was written by Joel Barlow as part of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, a conciliatory line to gain favor with the Islamists. It didn’t work. The United States went to war with the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli. By this time with a navy, the United States was in a better bargaining position. In the 1805 Treaty of Tripoli, the phrase does not appear.
The late Christopher Hitchens wrote, “How many know that perhaps 1.5 million Europeans and Americans were enslaved in Islamic North Africa between 1530 and 1780? We dimly recall that Miguel de Cervantes was briefly in the galleys. But what of the people of the town of Baltimore in Ireland, all carried off by ‘corsair’ raiders in a single night?”