At the national prayer breakfast, President Obama was technically correct in saying that terrible things have been done in the name of Christ, just like terrible things are being done in the name of Muhammad.
Our President, however, doesn’t seem to be aware of the difference—perhaps he doesn’t know.
Muhammad got rich and powerful by robbing merchants who followed trade routes near Medina. Muhammad became a warrior who ordered and took part in numerous battles in which he personally slaughtered people with his sword. He personally ordered the execution of those who insulted him or turned away from his new religion. He personally ordered the beheading of over 600 Jewish men of Qurayza for resisting his attack, and then after keeping one of their wives for himself, he had the other wives and all their children sold into slavery.
When ISIS, al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram or other Islamic “extremist” groups, slaughter people because they refuse to submit to Islam, they can point to Muhammad’s example, as well as to the fact that he claimed to receive revelations from Allah like the one saying, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, so strike off their heads and cut off their fingers, because they oppose God and His apostle.”
Jesus, on the other hand, never commanded his followers to subdue or slaughter the unbelievers. On the contrary, he commanded us go into all the world to make disciples, loving even our enemies, doing good even to those who hate us and praying for those who persecute us.