Kirsters Baish| Both former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton skated around using the word “Christians” to speak about those impacted by the Easter Day bombing attacks in Sri Lanka.
Rather than calling the victims “Christians,” they called them “Easter worshippers,” according to the Washington Times.
The Times reports of Obama and Clinton’s comments, “That’s not just strange and unnatural. It’s a political calculation.”
Obama tweeted, “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”
Compare that to Obama’s Tweet about the New Zealand Massacre:
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2019
Hillary Clinton wrote, “On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”
My heart breaks for New Zealand & the global Muslim community. We must continue to fight the perpetuation and normalization of Islamophobia and racism in all its forms.
White supremacist terrorists must be condemned by leaders everywhere. Their murderous hatred must be stopped.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 15, 2019
The attack consisted of eight bombs at churches and hotels. More bombs exploded in a van parked outside a church on Monday, as well. More “Easter worshippers?” Also on Monday, Sri Lanka’s government, after arresting dozens in connections with the attacks, identified the bombers as National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a radical Islamic group that reportedly carried out the terror attacks in conjunction with “an international network,” The New York Times reported, citing a Sri Lanka official.
But even before the suspect identification, security officials in the country had warned — for 10 days — that the group had set churches in its sights.
Churches, the place where Christians congregate to worship.