Former president Obama gave a speech in Indonesia last Saturday, releasing a warning statement that some nations were getting too nationalistic.
During the speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, Barack Obama asserted that some countries have accepted “an aggressive kind of nationalism,” continuing that there has been a “significantly increased resentment of minority groups.”
Despite avoiding mentioning President Trump’s name, Obama went on addressing the isolationism and the increased nationalism that he sees as a major problem.
“We start seeing a rise in sectarian politics, we start seeing a rise in an aggressive kind of nationalism, we start seeing both in developed and developing countries an increased resentment about minority groups and the bad treatment of people who don’t look like us or practice the same faith as us,” he said.
Former president Obama also highlighted the importance of getting rid of the intolerance across the globe.
“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” Obama said.
“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence,” he added.
Obama noted that during his presidency, he couldn’t care less about “what was in the newspapers” on a daily basis but rather focused on his legacy 20 years down the road.
He went on praising the Paris Climate Accord, calling it “the most ambitious agreement in the history to fight climate change,” and condemned “the temporary absence of U.S. leadership,” alluding to President Trump’s decision back in June to withdraw U.S. from the climate agreement.
He also urged everyone to show respect for those of all faiths.
“My stepfather … was raised a Muslim but he respected Hindus and he respected Buddhists and he respected Christians,” he said.
“If you are strong in your own faith then you should not be worried about someone else’s faith,” Obama added.
Daily Wire’s Joseph Curl condemned Obama’s claim that “the world is at a crossroads,” writing. “But not America. That ‘crossroads’ came and went in Election 2016. Americans chose America First.”