Yesterday morning, John McCain smacked down Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade’s ignorant Islamophobia over the phrase “Allahu akbar.” By coincidence, a team of Fox News talking heads attacked John McCain. But not one of them proved McCain wrong when he said that rather than being some radical Jihadi phrase, it merely meant the equivalent of “Thank God.”
In fact, as I posted yesterday, McCain is correct. But Fox’s Todd Starnes took to Fox News Insider (a Fox News blog) yesterday to malign McCain, saying, “McCain has no idea what he’s talking about.” Rather than provide an alternate translation, Starnes cited a number of instances where it was uttered in connection with terrorist attacks.
Rather than disproving McCain, Starnes suggested that whenever a Muslim invokes Allah, it’s in connection with terrorism, whereas when Christians invoke God, it’s benign. But as our Priscilla pointed out, Starnes conveniently overlooked how some radical Christians invoke God when they commit murder, too. The fact is, as I noted yesterday, “Allahu akbar” might just as easily be said as a soccer match. And in April, the Westboro Baptist Church thanked God for the Boston marathon bombs.
Last night, Sean Hannity – a guy who regularly leaps to defend white bigots – attacked McCain not once but twice, with a little help from colleague Dana Perino.
First, during a discussion with Ann Coulter, Hannity said, at the end, “Oh, by the way, according to John McCain, ‘Allahu akbar’ means, you know, 'praying to God.'” He sneered, “Same thing. ‘Praising God.’”
Coulter said sarcastically, “Yes, and that’s why I respect him so much.”
Hannity chuckled heartily.
In the very next segment, with Dana Perino, she just happened to mention – in response to Hannity’s criticism of President Obama for playing golf after announcing that he intended to seek Congressional approval for striking Syria - that the “mini scandal of the night” is “Senator John McCain being caught playing poker on his iPhone” during a senate hearing on Syria. She added, “It’s really serious business and so, yeah, it looks bad.”
Hannity took the opportunity to smear McCain again. He asked Perino, “Did you see McCain on Fox & Friends this morning? ‘Allahu Akbar’ is just the same as ‘thanking God?’ Really?”
And yet, despite smearing McCain twice, Hannity never said 'Allahu akbar' meant anything else.
Naturally she would walk a tightrope of avoiding any criticism of her former running mate, while she would dodge the answering the question while babbling on about her hatred of those who pray differently that she does, but at least it’ll be entertaining and perhaps for once informative to watch her answer a question. But of course, no doubt she would be told in advance that the question would be asked to allow her the opportunity to have advisors tell her what to say.
McCain is pushing back on this conservative frauds, and he’s not done with them. Send a Tweet to @senjohnmccain asking him to call out Hannocchio and his misinformation. Use these examples, “He has no clue on what he’s talking about.” “He’s always wrong about the facts. He’s never right.” “He never served in the military and he’s a college dropout.”
Once again Hannocchio invites his long time girlfriend, Annie to the show. She spends a few minutes on the air spewing senseless comments, and gets away with it on his show. Hannocchio will never attack her. He loves this broad. Yeah, we said it.
Coming down the pipe in the fall.
1. Hannocchio faces another crisis
2. Again! Unhappy mouthpieces at this fraudulent “news” outlet
3. Ruthless Rupy is embarrassed
4. GOPe vs. Fox “News” showdown
5. Another major shakeup at this worthless “news” outlet
6 The far, far, far right says no to Fox “News”
Buy your popcorn in bulk. This will be entertaining.
He’s in his element right now because he knows at least a bit about the Middle East, unlike the vast majority of his Moooslim-hatin’ colleagues, and also at least a bit about military strategy— which I hasten to add he learned through his many years on Armed Services in the Senate, not because he himself was a very lousy flyboy who had the misfortune to be shot down in Vietnam.
Allahu akbar: The Takbīr or Tekbir (تَكْبِير) is the Arabic name for the phrase ’’’’’’ (الله أكبر). Usually translated “God is [the] Greatest,” or “God is Great”, it is a common Islamic Arabic expression, used as both an informal expression of faith and as a formal declaration.
So yeah- The phrase is a praise to God, or a higher power. It’s the same thing as when a Christian says “Thank God,” or praises him in victory. And FYI- Christian terrorists, like the ones we have groups like CO19 and the GSG over? They praise God, as well.
Or maybe sayings like “Moladh Dia” and “Lob Gott,” and “Slava Bogu” don’t count, because that’s what Europeans say in their country’s language.
Today, on his radio slime show, Slanthead didn’t mince words. He stated flatly that God’s name is not Allah!
Hannity would know, right? He’s been up and close and personal with God, and knows he’s a white Christian conservative Amerikan like Seanny. The Muslims, the Mexicans, the blacks, the gays, the liberal Jews… their God is someone else.