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Sean Hannity’s Chistmas Wish Is For Iranian “Take Out” –And I Don’t Mean Food!

Reported by Priscilla - December 13, 2008 -

On December 3rd, Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes interviewed Saddlback Church pastor, Rick Warren. The conversation, centered on the spiritual meaning of Christmas was light and innoucuous – except for a slightly uncomfortable interchange about how Jesus is really the “way” to salvation. When Colmes asked what that meant for folks, like Colmes who is Jewish, Warren joked about “giving Jesus a 60 trial.” The discussion took a strange turn when Hannity asked whether peace was possible given man’s “fallen nature” and the existence of evil. (Comment: Ewww, I love it when Hannity talks cosmology!!!)

Hannity mentioned, as an example of evil, Ahmad Ahmadinjad, and said that he should be “taken out.” He asked Warren if that wish is “evil, dark, or something righteous.” Warren added evil should be stopped and the bible supports that “the Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.” Warren then added a dubious theological and legal point that killing in the name of self defense isn’t murder. Warren said that “the Bible also says that governments can do things that I'm not supposed to do as an individual. God has authorized — God has not put the law in my hands. He's put the law in the government's hands.” Theologian Hannity’s response was just so full of irony: “But he's also put the law in your heart, so you know right from wrong. And you know, the apostles understood things because Jesus — Jesus revealed it to their hearts. So don't we have to become like the apostles and understand in our heart what's right and wrong?” (Comment: So what would Jesus say about your racism and general hate mongering and “bearing false witness,” Sean?) When Warren said that you can’t “legislate evil out of people,” Father Sean said that the Latin for “repentance” is “change of heart.” (Comment: Sean must have cut his high school Latin classes because the Latin verb for “to be sorry” is to repent.It's Latin root, the word “poena” has to do with punishment).

Comment: This interchange provided us with a glimpse into the dark world of being Sean Hannity. It also provided Rick Warren with an opportunity to do a little proselytizing and to affirm Hannity’s “wrathful god” fantasies. British journalist Matthew Duss actually contacted Warren’s office to find out where in the bible it says that “God put government on earth to punish evildoers.” He was told that it was Romans 13. But as Duss points out, “Romans 13 concerns the power of civil government to punish criminals, and has nothing to do, as far as I know, with invading foreign countries or assassinating foreign leaders.” As Duss also points out, a continuation of Romans 13 says “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Duss is right on the money when he states that "Warren's work – like the work of ministers, priests, rabbis, and imams all over the world – has provided comfort and relief to millions. But when he offers his blessing to Hannity's hate, he does a disservice to his message and his faith. He also gives ammunition to extremists, here and abroad, who posit a war of civilisations between Islam and the west. I think God would be against that.” As “the church lady” would say, “isn’t it special” that Hannity gave Pastor Warren a forum from which to affirm Hannity’s twisted world view. But then Fox News has been the head cheerleader for a “war of civilizations between Islam and the west.” Peace on earth, indeed.