The right-wing continues to stew over Obama’s reminder that Christianity is not some perfect religion of peace, with everyone’s favorite bigot, Representative Steve King (R-IA), now throwing himself into the mix.
On Monday, the Senator from Iowa tweeted a cartoon that depicted President Obama wearing a turban (because the President is apparently Sikh) while speaking about the Crusades at the National Prayer Breakfast. An interlocutor, just off screen, asked the president “When you say our country must never forget, are you referring to 9-11?”
“No,” Obama answered. “The Crusades.”
The cartoon is done by Glenn McCoy, he’s one of two McCoy cartoonists who are collectively known as the “Flying McCoys”. You may remember the other McCoy; Gary McCoy caused some heated tempers last year when a Missouri paper ran his cartoon that depicted black protesters in Ferguson, Mo. as looters.
Obama’s speech riled many thin-skinned conservatives, who claim that he “slandered Christianity” by comparing the religious violence of the Crusades and slavery to the Islamic State.
Twitter, however, had a field day with King’s post: I looked at the comments on his post and I couldn’t find a single one supporting him:
Here’ s a fun coincidence: while double checking to make sure I didn’t confuse the postal code IA with something else (I often confuse Iowa and Idaho, and was going to in this post until I corrected myself; I even had a Mr. Potato Head joke and everything planned out), I learned that IA stands for a couple of things. Among them? Insha’Allah, which is Arabic for “God Wills It.”
I’m not sure if I want to call him (R-Insha’Allah) from now on — King is probably too stupid to know that Christians use the term, too — but it’s still interesting to note.