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Chickenhawk Sean Hannity “Defends” The United States By Bullying And Demeaning An Imam – And By Lying, Too.

Reported by Ellen - February 9, 2007 -

Chickenhawk Sean Hannity, yearning for expanded war in the Middle East (with other people doing the fighting and dying) doesn’t seem to think he’s put in a day’s work if he hasn’t had the chance to demonize Muslims. So, having spent the first half of last night’s (2/8/07) Hannity & Colmes on the death of Anna Nicole, Hannity seemed to be itching for a fight… from the safety of his FOX News set, of course. Last night’s target: Imam Al-Husainy, the imam Hannity had attacked twice in the previous two nights. As is often the case with Hannity, he could not tell the truth and make his argument at the same time.

Before the discussion with the Imam, Hannity said, “We talk to the controversial imam who addressed the DNC just last Friday and he said America was an oppressor nation. OK?” If you ask me, the “OK” was an admission that Hannity knew he was lying. Imam Al-Husainy never said the United States was an oppressor nation. He said, according to FOX News:

We thank you God, to send us your messages through our father Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Muhammad. Through you, God, we unite. So guide us to the right path, the path of the people you bless, not the path of the people you doom. Help us God to liberate and fill this earth with justice and peace and love and equality. And help us to stop the war and violence and oppression and occupation. Ameen.

Furthermore, it’s questionable as to whether the term “controversial” really applies to Al-Husainy because most mainstream news outlets, including FOX News, don't seem to find him so controversial. But for three nights, Hannity & Colmes has debated whether or not Al-Husainy was calling the US occupiers and oppressors in his prayer.

Hannity started out the interview with his bullyboy, taunting-voice and hardly let the imam get a word in edgewise. “Were you calling America an oppressor, an occupying nation, sir?”

Al-Husainy responded, “No, I never said that.” Al-Husainy tried to explain that he is “generally against any occupation,” that he had supported the removal of Saddam Hussein but not the occupation of Iraq.

But that wasn’t good enough for Hannity. He ignored Al-Husainy's answer and nonetheless decreed, “You were calling the United States an oppressor and an occupier.” Since he wasn’t about to take part in any military mission for the US, Hannity evidently thought that acting the part of the Grand Inquisitor was a good way to play tough without putting his own fanny on the line.

“We’ll put the words back up,” he said, pretending that the words said something they did not.

Al-Husainy said that FOX News had left out the first two lines of his prayer. “I said ‘Thank you, God for making us as a great nation. Thank you, God to bless us as a creation.’ Why did you miss that?”

Yes, why did "fair and balanced" FOX News miss that? Hannity, ever demanding that his guests “just answer the question, yes or no” didn’t answer that one.

Instead, Hannity started shouting demands that the imam “admit that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.” Anyone who knows anything about Hezbollah knows that it’s a complex entity and that most countries do not consider it a terrorist organization. To demand that an imam do so could only be designed to score Hannity cheap, bullyboy points. Note to readers: Don't even think about construing this as an indication that I support Hezbollah. It's an indication that I can sympathize with an Imam who would not want to condemn it as a terrorist organization.

I wish Al-Husainy had demanded Hannity “admit, yes or no” whether or not Hannity’s former pal Hal Turner who, as the ADL reported “has a history of explicitly encouraging extreme violence against Jews, other minorities and government officials,” is a terrorist.

Al-Husainy asked for time to answer without interruption but Hannity kept shouting, “Yes or no.”

Even Alan Colmes, who stuck up for Al-Husainy in the previous discussions, seemed to have a suspicious attitude toward Al-Husainy as he pressed the imam to explain whether or not he supported Hezbollah and what he had intended when he talked about an end to occupation. “When you said ‘occupation’ – this is a subject of great controversy. When you used the word occupation when you spoke to the Democratic National Committee, in your mind, were you thinking about the occupation of Iraq?”

Comment: Why does it matter? Doesn’t the imam have the same right to criticize US policy in Iraq as everyone else?

I didn’t quite understand Al-Husainy’s answer but he was interrupted yet again by Hannity with more peevish demands. “I got one last question. I want you to answer yes or no to these two questions. Is Hezbollah a terrorist group and is Israel a nation of peace?”

You can ask Hannity why, if he’s so pro-Israel, he was pals with a guy like Turner by writing him at Hannity@foxnews.com. You can contact Colmes at colmes@foxnews.com and FOX News at comments@foxnews.com.

You can watch the video of this segment on the Hannity & Colmes website.