President Joe Biden spoke at the 2021 National Prayer Breakfast, using the occasion to condemn “political extremism” and called on Americans to unite as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Biden, a Roman Catholic, delivered a speech at the annual breakfast, which took place virtually this year because of COVID-19. He began the speech by thanking Americans for praying for himself and first lady Jill Biden. The president used his address to the National Prayer Breakfast to weigh in on the “violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, that threatened and took lives.” According to Biden, “We know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, white supremacy and domestic terrorism.”
While Biden singled out the fringe Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, he did not mention the violence perpetrated by Antifa or Black Lives Matter riots that engulfed major American cities last summer that resulted in over 20 people being killed and over $2 billion in damage to small businesses and homes, including an apartment building where residents were trapped inside. The president spent the bulk of his speech addressing the volatile political climate the United States finds itself in, specifically referencing the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic fallout, the “call for racial justice,” and “the existential threat” of climate change. “For so many in our nation, this is a dark, dark time. So, where do we turn?” he asked. “to ourFaith,” he responded.
Quoting Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, Biden proclaimed that “faith sees best in the dark.” “For me, in the darkest moments, faith provides hope, clarity and purpose. It shows the way forward as a nation to respect one another, to care for one another, to leave no one behind.” “These aren’t Democrats and Republicans going hungry or without healthcare in our nation; they’re our fellow Americans, fellow human beings. These aren’t Democrats and Republicans being evicted from their homes; they’re fellow Americans, fellow human beings,” he continued. “This is not a nation that will simply stand by and watch this. It’s not who we are,” Biden asserted. “It’s not who faith calls us to be.” Biden concluded by predicting that “we’re going to get through this,” adding, “the Bible tells us ‘weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.'”
Brian Burch, the president of CatholicVote, a faith-based advocacy organization, criticized the president for ignoring “the aggressive and hostile steps taken by his administration against people of faith, including the anti-science transgender mandate and the deeply unpopular decision to fund abortion around the world.” Biden has repeatedly faced criticism from some Catholic leaders over his support for abortion. “President Biden does not speak for Catholics or the church. In fact, he explicitly departs from many of the church’s teachings. For this reason, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have rightly pointed to deep concerns about Biden’s policies that would ‘advance moral evils’ on issues such as marriage, family, religious liberty, and the defence of children in the womb.'”
Source: Christian Post