The Hannity show fell right in line with the rest of Fox News in attacking President Obama’s Christianity based on his comments at the Easter Prayer Breakfast this week. And, like at least one other show, there was a guest who accused the president of not really being a Christian.
Sean Hannity attacked Obama’s comment, that he gets concerned by “less-than-loving expressions by Christians” by playing clips of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Then it was guest Mark Steyn’s turn.
STEYN: I don’t think in any sense he is a Christian, Sean. I think he’s a social justice warrior who, like a lot of people from the cultural left, regards religion as the opiate of the rubes, to modify Marx. But I think in Obama’s case, it’s compounded by the fact that he does have this profound respect for Islam that leads him actually to invert the situation that’s going on in the world today so that the Christians are the problem and the Muslims who are beheading the Christians and shooting the Christians and cutting the throats of the Christians are somehow the victim group that we all need to be more sensitive to.
This is similar to an accusation made on America's Newsroom earlier in the day. But in that case, the guest went birther, too.
As I tweeted Fox News, if Obama’s criticisms of Christianity are so meaningful, what does it say about Fox that they keep criticizing African Americans?
Watch Steyn blow the dog whistle below, from last night’s Hannity, via Media Matters.
Edited for brevity/applicability in all situations
I neither know nor want to know the country that Steyn, Hannity and the rest of the GOP evangelicals live in.
It was, in fact, Jesus’s “social justice warrior” behavior that prompted the Jewish* authorities into getting him turned over to the Romans and eventually crucified. All that silliness about “loving your neighbor as yourself” and “doing to others as you would have them do to you” and “render to Caesar that which is Caesar” (one of the first recorded pleas for separation of church and state?)—stuff that’s been passed down through centuries, even millennia, to make life better for all.
You know, for folks who like to claim that America was founded on “Christian principles,” they do tend to prefer the Puritanical take on things. And as I recall, the Puritans weren’t all that het on abiding by the specific words of Jesus but were very intent on abiding by the REST of the Bible, with all its nitpicky, judgmental words (kind of forgetting how even Jesus indicated that there was only one true judge).
Maybe Hannutty and Steyn (incidentally, “Steyn” seems a variation of “Stein”—a standard German Jewish name ending—meaning “stone”; rather fitting for the man’s heart) need to ask whether they want to live in the diverse United States or in a Talibanized/ISIS version. (Just like all these “Christians” who go out of their way to put bans on any attempts at Shariah law while ignoring how their own efforts to compel Christianity on the populace is little different from what the Taliban and ISIS are doing).