Some conservatives went after Democrats on and off-line on Monday after some prominent members of the party referred to the victims of the terror attacks on churches in Sri Lanka as “Easter worshippers” instead of “Christians” on Twitter.
Several conservatives — including the counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) — took issue with some Democrats who referred to those affected by the horrific acts in Sri Lanka on Sunday as “Easter worshippers.”
Specifically, they went after former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
How do President Obama and Secretary Clinton both come up with Easter worshippers in their tweets about the murders in Sri Lanka? 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
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 22, 2019
Conway was pressed about her thoughts on the reason behind the choice of words while on-air with Fox News on Monday, to which she responded:
“I have no idea, you’d have to ask them that. But there’s no confusion on our part.”
Watch Conway’s remarks here:
Beyond belief — @ainsleyearhardt criticizes Obama & Clinton for using term "Easter worshipers" instead of "Christians" in tweets expressing condolences to victims of Sri Lanka bombings.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 22, 2019
The choice of words caught overseas attention, as well, with Hungary’s ambassador to the Holy See Eduard von Habsburg giving his thoughts on the matter.
It's Christians that have been killed, not "Easter Worshippers". Let's repeat that for all who try to skirt the word: Christians. And just once more: Christians. #SriLanka
— Eduard Habsburg (@EduardHabsburg) April 22, 2019
Fox News’ Brit Hume also weighed in.
“Easter worshippers” aka Christians. https://t.co/ocXXyD49ZK
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 22, 2019
The Pussycat Dolls’ Kaya Jones gave her take, too.
The people killed in Sri Lanka weren’t Easter worshippers they were Christians. You have no problem staying other faiths. The Christians who were killed senselessly are heroes. Please show some respect for them. Christians they were Christians. Followers of Christ pic.twitter.com/EMDGSlFVBy
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) April 22, 2019
In his tweet on the day of the attack, Obama called the atrocious act “an attack on humanity” while sending his prayers to those affected.
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
Clinton also offered her prayers on Sunday and called for unity “against hatred and violence” in the wake of the attack.
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
The world was rocked on Sunday after terror attacks on several churches and hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka, killed nearly 300 tourists and church-goers, many of whom were Christians attending Easter Sunday services.
Sri Lankan officials have stated that the suicide bombings were perpetrated by a radical Islamist group known as the National Thowheeth Jama’ath.
According to the New York Times, a confidential memo showed that the Sri Lankan government had received notice of the attack on April 11.
The State Department has said that at least four of the people killed in the eight blasts were American. The majority of those killed were Sri Lankan.