Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both referred to the 300 Christians who were slaughtered in Sri Lanka over the weekend as “Easter worshippers,” resulting in swift backlash on social media.
Roughly 207 people were reportedly killed on Sunday after suicide bombers targeted churches and hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter festivities. Some victims were reportedly American citizens.
“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,” Obama tweeted.
Clinton made sure to reference “many faiths” in her response to the attack. However, she also used the same strange “Easter worshippers” phrase as Obama.
“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,” Clinton tweeted.
Many people were quick to note the difference in Obama’s response to the New Zealand massacre.
Fox News analyst Brit Hume made it clear that “Easter worshippers” are actually Christians.
"In the days leading up to the devastating suicide attacks that killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the country’s security agencies had been closely watching a secretive cell of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist organization that security officials in Sri Lanka now say carried out the attacks," the New York Times reported.
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