Obama, Hillary Won’t Call Sri Lanka Bombing Victims ‘Christians’

In the wake of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, it has become clear that many of the bombing attacks were directed toward the Christian community. However, former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seem reluctant to acknowledge that.

In a series of tweets posted on Sunday, Obama, Clinton, and a number of Democrats refused to use the term “Christians” to identify the bombing victims, choosing instead to use the term “Easter worshippers.”

The refusal to identify the victims as Christians stands in stark contrast to tweets sent out by Obama and Clinton just a month ago, when Muslims were targeted in a mass shooting in New Zealand. In those cases, Obama and Clinton were far more willing to identify the faith of the victims. Those tweets are included below.

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The tweets become even more stark amid unconfirmed reports that at least one of the bombers was a known jihadist.

On Sunday, Obama tweeted “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity.” No mention was made of the victims’ faith.

Likewise, Clinton also tweeted “I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich noted the terminology both Democrats used. “How do President Obama and Secretary Clinton both come up with Easter worshippers in their tweets about the murders in Sri Lanka,” he tweeted. “To have both of them use the same term the same day is strange. Is Easter Worshipper the left’s new way to avoid the word Christian? Pathetic.”

In response to Gingrich’s tweet, a Twitter user showed what appears to be a designated effort by Democrats to avoid the use of the word “Christian.”

Earlier this year, however, Obama made it a point to identify the faith of terror victims in the New Zealand mass shooting at a mosque. He made it clear that their faith seemed to be the motivation for the attacks. “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.”

Clinton likewise specifically pointed out the faith of the victims in the March mass shooting. “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,” she tweeted in March. “White supremacist terrorists must be condemned by leaders everywhere. Their murderous hatred must be stopped.”

The irony was not lost on many. “Only 38 days ago you had such specific words for the horrific attack in New Zealand” Obianuju Ekeocha tweeted. “You rightly addressed the Muslim community. Today you seem to be missing words and terms like Christian Community, persecution of Christians, Islamic Terrorists.”

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