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White House spokesman tries to explain President Obama's bizarre dismissal of Muslim massacre of Jews in Paris as "random". 
He said the president thinks climate change is a greater threat than terror.
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Why Obama Thinks All Muslim Terror Attacks Are ‘Random’
by Ben Shapiro - Breitbart

"random" shootings
Over the weekend, President Obama participated in an interview with, the website for those he termed “the brainiac-nerd types.”
Sadly, those brainiac-nerds couldn’t come up with the intestinal fortitude to press Obama on this bizarre and disturbing comment about the murder of four Jews in Paris by radical Muslims immediately following the Charlie Hebdo massacre:
It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
Randomly shoot “a bunch of folks” in a deli in Paris? No mention of anti-Semitism from the president here. By this measure, Nazis randomly broke the windows of a bunch of folks in delis in Germany right around 1938.
But that’s the point: Were Obama to face up to the real problem of anti-Semitism globally, he would have to stop isolating Israel, given that global isolation of Israel is a manifestation of the same anti-Semitism that ended with the murders of Jews in a Paris deli.
Were Obama to lump together the Jews and the victims of Charlie Hebdo, he could no longer plausibly claim that Israeli settlement policy spurs Islamic murder — as it turns out, the victims of Charlie Hebdo and those in the kosher supermarket had nothing to do with Israeli settlements. They have to do, instead, with radical Islam.
Instead, Obama prefers to see the murders as random, unforeseeable events.
Obama’s casual dismissal of anti-Semitic murder isn’t out of character. Obama often dismisses Islamic evil with a wave of the hand, a bothersome but random circumstance.
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Less than two weeks after the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya, Obama described the terrorist attacks leading to their deaths as “bumps in the road”:
I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because — you know, in a lot of these places — the one organizing principle — has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government. There are strains of extremism, and anti-Americanism, and anti-Western sentiment.  
And you know can be tapped into by demagogues. There will probably be some times where we bump up against some of these countries and have strong disagreements, but I do think that over the long term, we are more likely to get a Middle East and North Africa that is more peaceful, more prosperous and more aligned with our interests.
A month after that, Obama said that the attacks were “not optimal.” His administration had also claimed that the attacks weren’t attacks at all, but merely random violence inspired by a YouTube video.
Fort Hood: a random act of workplace violence. The Oklahoma beheading of a woman by his Muslim coworker: random. A hatchet attack by a radical Muslim on two NYPD officers: a lone wolf. The Boston Marathon bombing: more lone wolves.
Random, all random.
Because if these attacks aren’t random — if they have something to do with the system of thought guiding them — Obama might have to reconsider his worldview.
If radical Islam underlies the attacks on Jews in Israel as well as the attacks on Jews in Paris, Obama can’t throw the Jews off of Western civilization’s lifeboat.
If the same ideology undergirds Charlie Hebdo and the honor killing of Noor Almaleki in Phoenix, the murder and beheading of Aasiya Hassan and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Obama might have to face up to reality.
He won’t. And so Americans will be told, again and again, that attacks on innocents by radical Muslims have no rhyme or reason.
Author:  Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.
Worse than a blind spot
By Carl of Israel Matzav Blog
In an eye-catching headline, Ed Driscoll refers to Barack Hussein Obama's blind spot to anti-Semitism. Driscoll is referring to yesterday's news that President Obama referred to the Paris supermarket massacre as a random shooting. But the quotes that Driscoll cites prove that this is far more than a blind spot. It's active anti-Semitism.
At Commentary, Jonathan S. Tobin writes:
His Vox comments are, in fact, far worse than his initial reaction which was more a matter of omission than a conscious twisting of events. ...
Let’s first note that his characterization of the assailants again omits their Islamist loyalties and the fact that religion was the motivating factor for their crime.  
This is consistent with administration policy that seeks to cleanse ISIS, al-Qaeda, or other Islamists of any connection with the Muslim faith. This is absurd not just because it is wrong. It also puts Obama in the position of trying to play the pope of Islam who can decide who is or is not a real Muslim, a responsibility that no American president should try to usurp.
But it is also significant that once again the president chooses to treat a deliberate targeting of a Jewish business filled with Jewish customers as something that is random rather than an overt act of anti-Semitism. Doing so once might be excused as an oversight. The second time makes it a pattern that can’t be ignored.
This is a peculiar talking point especially since the increase of anti-Semitism in Europe with violent incidents going up every year is something that even the Obama State Department has dubbed a “rising tide” of hate.
Why does the president have such a blind spot when it comes to anti-Semitism? His critics will jump to conclusions that will tell us more about their views of Obama than about his thinking.
But suffice it to say that this is a president who finds it hard to focus on the siege of Jews in Europe or of the State of Israel in the Middle East. Nor can it be entirely coincidental that a president who treats Israeli self-defense and concerns for its security as a bothersome irritant to his foreign policy or seeks to blame the Jewish state’s leaders for obstructing a peace process that was actually blown up by the Palestinians would have a blind spot about anti-Semitism....
As Jonah Goldberg writes at the Corner, “Obama’s a Fool For Randomness:”
There was nothing random about it, at all. There are about 310,000 Jews in the greater Paris area. Out of close to 12 million inhabitants. The odds of killing four Jews randomly are pretty daunting. But, thankfully,  you don’t have to do the math because Amedy Coulibaly said openly and proudly that he was targeting Jews.  
No one disputes this, except for Barack Obama. He would never describe the targeting of a black church by the Klan as simple random violence — nor should he. And we know he’s perfectly comfortable denouncing crimes committed in “in the name of Christ” no matter how ancient they may be. But crimes in the name of Allah must not be named as such — or at all.
This is as much about a 'blind spot' as the killings themselves were random. It's anti-Semitism. Pure and simple. And it was on display for everyone whose eyes were open to see all the way back in 2007.
President Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright
He attended Wright's anti-Semitic church for years.

According to Lasky, Obama's spiritual mentor is Jeremiah Wright, who

openly spouts anti-Israel invective, supports divestment actions against Israel, supports Louis Farrakhan (Judaism is a "gutter religion") and travels to Libya to offer support to the arch-foe of Israel and sponsor of terror Col. Muammar al-Gadaffi (recall Lockerbie airplane bombing?)
Here's more on Wright:
Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. is the long-time Pastor of Obama's church, and Obama has credited him as being an inspiration and guiding light for him. He is a spiritual mentor to Obama and coined the term the "audacity of hope" that Obama has essentially made a theme of his campaign as well as the title of a book. He also has, in the words of the Chicago Tribune, a militant past.

Moreover, Pastor Wright has beliefs that might disturb some of Obama's supporters. He is a believer in "liberation theology," which makes the liberation of the oppressed a paramount virtue. 
The language of liberation all too often veers off into anti-Jewish rants.  
For example, one of the founders of the movement, Gustavo Gutierrez, has stated that the infidelities of the Jewish people made the Old Covenant [between the Jews and God] invalid."  
Pastor Wright is also a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, and in 1984 traveled with him to visit Col. Muammar al-Gadaffi, an archenemy of Israel's and America and a firm supporter of terror groups.

Wright has also been a severe critic of Israel. In his own words,
The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40 years now. It took a divestment campaign to wake the business community up concerning the South Africa issue. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community up and to wake Americans up concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.
Once this history came to light, Obama started publicly distancing himself from his spiritual mentor, disinviting Wright from various Obama campaign events. Wright rationalized his current persona non grata status by stating that otherwise
"a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell"
Wonder why?
Too bad all those American Jews had to prove that they were open-minded and liberal by voting for Obama because he's (half) black... Twice.


The Gospel according to Reverend Jeremiah Wright

In 2008 America elected a president whose pastor for 20 years preached anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, advocated bizarre pseudo-scientific racial ideas, opposed interracial marriage, praised communist dictatorships, denounced black "assimilation," and taught Afrocentric feel-good nonsense to schoolchildren.

When Americans discovered the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's views during the 2008 campaign, they rightly wondered if Barack Obama, like his pastor, really believed that HIV/AIDS was created by the American government to kill black people.

Even to this day, no one knows for sure whether Obama shares the views of Wright, whom the Chicago Sun-Times once described as Obama's "close confidant."

Candidate Obama tried to dismiss his support for Wright, telling Charlie Gibson of ABC News, "It's as if we took the five dumbest things that I ever said or you ever said…in our lives and compressed them, and put them out there, you know, I think that people's reaction, would be understandably upset." And rightly so.

In sermon after sermon, Wright's radical black nationalist ideas were clearly and emphatically stated. They were not an aberration, but the focal point of Pastor Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where Obama was an active member for 20 years.

... The question is why Barack Obama, raised without any faith at all, chose one of the most incendiary preachers in Black America to preach the word of God to him. Wright became, in Obama's words, "like family to me. [Wright] strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children." Obama told a group of ministers in June 2007 that Wright helped "introduce me to my Christian faith." But what, exactly, is Barack Obama's faith? Just as important, what is Jeremiah Wright's?

...  TWENTY-TWO BLACK church members who did not like the direction in which Wright was taking Trinity lodged a complaint with the UCC, then left the church. Wright attacked them as Uncle Toms "running to ‘massa' to tell a white man what they thought was happening to their Negro church."

He had nothing but contempt for these middle-class blacks. They were, he noted, "bourgeois Negroes who wanted to be white." Wright considered himself a "new Black who is not ashamed of his Blackness."

...  In his church-associated Kwame Nkrumah Academy, the congregation's children learned such canards as the claim that "[h]istorically, Europeans tried to build themselves up by tearing down all that Africans had done." Obama biographer David Remnick notes that Obama approved of this "African-centered" grade school, where Wright's God loves all people, but black people especially. And why shouldn't he? Jesus, Wright taught, was "an African Jew," as were most of the figures of the Bible. As Wright said in Africans Who Shaped Our Faith (1995), "evidence exists within and outside of the Bible to support the notion that the people of Israel…were of African descent!"

It is in this context that Wright's comments on Zionism should be seen. Attacking Israel's right to exist, Wright held that "[t]he Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for more than 40 years now." America, by defending Zionism and its apartheid-like regime, had too long practiced "unquestioning" support of Zionism.

Given his hostility to Zionism and non-"African" Jews, it wasn't surprising that Wright's anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in June 2009. "Them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me," he told the Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Virginia. They were "controlling" Obama and therefore preventing the United States from sending a delegation to an anti-racism United Nations conference. (America boycotted it on the grounds that it would descend into an anti-Jew hate fest as it had in previous years.)

...  Steeped in Marxist thought and the community organizing tactics of the radical Saul Alinsky, Obama was probably comfortable with the view that religion was the opiate of the masses and black liberation theology the opiate of blacks. Trinity Church is a place where black movers and shakers congregate. "My commitment is to the church, not to a pastor," Obama said in May 2008. But left unsaid was just what the members of that church believed.

Wright remained loyal to Malcolm X (Trinity United Church celebrates his birthday) and to Louis Farrakhan.

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Rev. Wright in 2008: Christian Crusades, Islamic Jihad Same

On February 2008, while participating in the William G. Anderson Slavery to Freedom lecture series at  at Michigan State University, then still candidate Barack Obama’s pastor and spiritual advisor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., gave a speech on religious arrogance, in the form of  fundamentalism, causing the Christian Crusades and Islamic Jihad.

Rev. Wright said all religious fundamentalist think, “Do you see some people who are infidels? They are to be killed. We can not live together. You have Jihad, Crusades. You must be killed.”
Wright continued, “When you have that kind of Euro-centric ignorance, you’re not only superior but you start demonizing others who are different,” adding, until you have “the Christian Crusades. Just kill all the Muslim infidels.”
Awkward: Obama Spokesman Defends Downplaying of Paris Attack
White House spokesman tries to explain president's claims Paris kosher attack was 'random', terrorism threat overstated.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest
White House spokesman John Earnest
White House spokesman John Earnest struggled Tuesday to explain US President Barack Obama's comments during a recent interview, in which the president said the threat of terrorism was being overstated by the media, and described the Islamist terror attack on a kosher supermarket as "a bunch of folks" being "randomly" shot.
Questioned by journalists at a press conference, Earnest admitted that in Obama's view climate change was indeed a greater threat than terrorism.
In a somewhat rambling statement, Earnest said the threat to Americans on US soil from groups like Al Qaeda is "much different than it used to be" today, although he acknowledged there was still a danger posed by terror groups such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
But he insisted that "more people are effected by" climate change and "diseases" than terrorism "on a daily basis".
His insistence in repeating that position eventually led one journalist to ask: "Do you think a Jordanian pilot being burned alive is just the media hyping something?"
Earnest had more difficulty still in explaining Obama's comments concerning the murder of four Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket in Paris by Muslim terrorist Amedy Coulibaly last month.
In the Vox interview, published Monday, the US president appeared to totally ignore the obvious anti-Semitic motives of the Islamist killer, describing the attack as "random."
"My first job is to protect the American people. It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you've got a bunch of violent vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris," he said, as part of his comments on terrorism.
"I mean, this was not a random shooting of a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris, this was an attack on a kosher deli. Does the president have any doubt that those terrorists attacked that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?" one journalist challenged, sparking the following exchange:
Earnest: "The adverb the President chose [i.e. "random"] was used to indicate that the individuals who were killed in that terrible, tragic incident were killed not because of who they were but because of where they randomly happened to be."
Journalist: "They weren't killed because they were in a Jewish deli though? They were in a kosher deli?"
Earnest: "These individuals were not targeted by name, this is the point."
Journalist: "Not by name, but by religion, were they not?"
Earnest: "Well John... there were people other than Jews who were in that deli..."
The White House spokesman's desperate attempts to justify his boss's statements have been widely mocked on social media.
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