Yesterday, suicide bombers in Sri Lanka targeted Christians celebrating Easter, killing nearly 300 and injuring at least 500 people.
Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to offer prayers, as did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But many people are criticizing the term Obama and Clinton used – they both called the victims “Easter worshippers.”
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 21, 2019
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.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 21, 2019
Many wondered why they couldn’t use the term Christians when they have previously used the term Muslim when expressing condolences for violent acts carried out against members of that faith.
Spot the difference (Part 2). pic.twitter.com/NiFvGREgtL
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 22, 2019
Spot the difference. pic.twitter.com/rOns0qtPxM
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 21, 2019
Social media responded by ripping the two apart.
“Easter worshippers” aka Christians. https://t.co/ocXXyD49ZK
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 22, 2019
Yeah we’re actually called Christians not “Easter worshippers” wouldn’t hurt to maybe just say that pic.twitter.com/amw0Zkwh1e
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) April 22, 2019
The word you’re looking for is “Christians.” https://t.co/LlJ8KCEdFx
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) April 22, 2019
I’m seeing a lot of people say the semantics aren’t that big of a deal. Strongly disagree. When every single top Dem used the same phrase & downright refuse to use the word “Christian,” despite Christians being the #1 target of religious harassment in the world, it’s intentional. https://t.co/q8lH9sdvT6
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) April 22, 2019