Wingnuts Criticize Jon Stewart for Imagined Hypocrisy

Wendy Wright and Chelsen Vicari, both former Concerned Women for America leaders, joined Sandy Rios, another former CWA leader, on her radio show and they criticized Jon Stewart for the entirely imagined hypocrisy of interviewing Malala but not a Christian if they did the same thing.

I couldn’t, I just couldn’t see why there was such a disconnect between the way Jon Stewart was treating Malala for something very admirable, a girl’s right to an education, but he couldn’t stand up for the right to believe in Jesus Christ,” she said. I had this thought, Wendy, I thought, you know if Malala Yousafzai was a Christian standing up for girls’ rights to believe in Jesus Christ, would we still know her name? Would she receive all this praise that she’s getting from the international community? From our national leaders? The president just invited her to the White House on Friday. Would Jon Stewart have had her on his show? The answer is probably not and I have to ask the question, why that is?

But wait, there’s more:

Wright, the former head of Concerned Women for America who is now vice president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), was upset about a Daily Show segment from 2005 that poked fun of the “Christian persecution complex,” noting Christianity’s ascendency in the West following the conversion of Constantine I. Wright said she couldn’t understand why Stewart thinks “we are in charge and we are the oppressors,” referring to the Crusades as an instance in which Christians faced persecution. “I guess he never heard of the Crusades; the Crusades were actually defensive against the Muslim hordes,” she said.

Yes, that’s right, she cited the Crusades as an example of anti-Christian persecution.

How dare Jon Stewart act so callously in Wendy Right’s hypothetical imagination of what might happen. Has he no decency?

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  • jnorris

    Hypothetical persecution hurts the most. The imaginary bleeding just tears at my heartstrings.

  • joe_k

    “I guess he never heard of the Crusades; the Crusades were actually defensive against the Muslim hordes,”

    What, there was a Christian army half-way to Jerusalem, entirely accidentally and with no intention of invading anywhere, of course, and the EBUL ISLAMISTS just decided to start a war? Right.

    It reminds me of nothing more than the scene in The History Boys where Scripps (I think?) explains that Irwin makes a name for himself in a documentary which argues that the side who were really caught by surprise by Pearl Harbour were the Japanese Air Force…

  • joe_k

    The really sad thing is, if one wanted to refer to European ‘defensive wars’ against the Islamic Horde which were actually defensive, there is a more recent one than the Crusades. Before the Great Turkish War (1667-83) the Ottomans controlled a large part of the Balkans, and had done so for quite some time, before they were finally expelled with the Treaty of Zurawno…

    Or even, because it’s rather better known, the eventual expulsion of the Moors from Spain is a better example than the fucking Crusades…

  • The Beautiful Void

    @3 joe_k:

    Or the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Expelling Muslims from Europe has never been out of fashion.

  • Chiroptera

    Does the CWA take a stand to support people’s right to be Muslim? ‘Cause if not, then they are the hypocrites.

    And I suspect that Stewart applauding a young woman’s stand in favor of women’s rights must sting a bit since the CWA itself has such an abysmal record in that regard.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Or even, because it’s rather better known, the eventual expulsion of the Moors from Spain is a better example than the fucking Crusades…”

    That was defensive in the same sense as George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @6:

    My bad. I was thinking, “jews” when reading “Moors”. Otoh, the Moors had been in control of Spain for, what, 700 or so years. Guess that they should have followed our example and KILLED most of the Spaniards; that sortathang makes redress of past greivances somewhat moot as the redskins who are not members/employees of the Washington D.C. NFL team are well aware.

  • eric

    if Malala Yousafzai was a Christian standing up for girls’ rights to believe in Jesus Christ, would we still know her name?

    If someone shot her in the face for it? You betcha. Maybe it’s my cynical side, but I expect many media outlets would cover “young girl shot in face for X” regardless of what X is. The X doesn’t matter to them because of the ratings they’ll percieve they’ll get from the first part of that phrase. In fact, many of them would hide the X to get you to watch: “Girl shot in the face…and you won’t believe why! Tune in at 11 for the details.”

    As to examples where they’ve covered such martyrs in the past…I’m not sure about the Daily Show specifically (I’m only an occasional watcher), but liberal media in general has indeed covered the Egyptian cases where Christians have protected mosques from attack.

  • scienceavenger

    This is the standard trope from the so-called “party of facts”. What they really are is the party of speculation. Facts have a liberal bias.

    This whole hypocrisy meme is bullshit anyway. Even when the events are real, the comparisons drawn are rarely even apples to oranges, more like apples to planets (ie, “Obama will negotiate with Iran on their nuclear program, but not the Teaparty on the shutdown). And who gives a shit anyway? It’s a given that politicians are hypocritical to some extent. I don’t give a flying fuck who you wingnuts think is a hypocrite. Discuss the damned issues. If you think Malala should not have been on the show, just say so and quit being such a coward hiding behind bullshit comparisons.

  • cptdoom

    @8 – It seems to me that after the Columbine shootings, the parents of one girl who was killed were pretty vocal about, and got a lot of press attention for, their daughter’s affirming her Christian faith before being shot, so there’s actually a valid historical comparison (although likely not with the Daily Show).

  • dingojack

    Note that in the wingnut mind

    education = beliving in Jesus.

    (eduation-believing in) wept!

    Dingo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159674804 robertbaden

    So people think the Islamic conquest of the territories of the former Roman Empire was ok?

  • dingojack

    Did anyone tell her that Byzantium fell – to the christians first?

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    robertbaden – so the Roman taking over the territories of the Greeks, Carthaginians*, Celts and etc. was, in your opinion, ok? (And so on and so forth).

    @@

    Dingo

    ——–

    * Carthago delenda est is a fine and noble sentiment, right?

  • freemage

    You know what? I’d love for Stewart to do a similar interview of a Christian girl, who stood up for the right of all girls to have a decent education, despite being brought up in a culture that opposes that idea. I’m sure he could find a few refugee Quiverfull daughters to talk to.

  • eric

    @12 – well, you should think about this. After several Jewish revolts in the 100s AD, the Romans banned Jews and Christians from the city. When Constantine got Christianity in the 300s AD, he continued the ban on Jews in the city. Over the next few centuries there were a series of bloody back-and-forth exchanges between the Holy Roman Empire and various Arab armies, but when the dust setttled in the mid-700s, the muslim rulers of the city agreed to preserve Christian and Jewish holy places and allow both Christians and Jews to live there. That lasted until about 1100, when the first crusaders sacked the city, killed nearly everyone inside, and recolonized it with an all-christian population. Sure, the city was christian – made that way through genocide.

    Seems to me that while all the empires involved behaved brutally and inhumanely, the moslems were comparably the lesser evil. They were more liberal and egalitarian than the (later) Romans, more liberal than Constantine, and certainly more humane than the crusaders.

  • eric

    Ack, replace “Holy” with “Eastern.” Don’t know how that snuck in.

  • Chiroptera

    robertbaden, #12:

    lol wut?

    I don’t see your point. How does the events of 7th and 8th centuries, deeds by people long, long dead, have to do with how we view the actions of people who were living in the 11th and 12th centuries?

  • erichoug

    Seriously!? She got shot in the head for saying that her country should teach girls to read. There is something seriously wrong with these people.

  • roggg

    CWA is absolutely right on this one I’m afraid. Buy why stop there? Without equal time given to the right to eat oranges, it’s all just hypocrisy. If you advocate for anyone’s right to do anything, you must advocate for everyone’s right to do everything. Otherwise you’re just part of the problem. Shame on you Jon Stewart for supporting a girl’s right to get education without being shot.

  • dogmeat

    @8 – It seems to me that after the Columbine shootings, the parents of one girl who was killed were pretty vocal about, and got a lot of press attention for, their daughter’s affirming her Christian faith before being shot, so there’s actually a valid historical comparison (although likely not with the Daily Show).

    Not only did the media cover that, they continued to talk about it, in a positive light, even after eye witnesses confirmed that it hadn’t actually happened. So, not only is she the hypocrite here, not only are they comparing advocating for rights that are actually in jeopardy versus rights that aren’t really (in the context of what Stewart generally covers), she is ignoring an actual case where what she claims never happens (IE support for a Christian standing up for being a Christian) was touted as a good thing by the media. I wont even discuss her madness when it comes to the Crusades.

    ———-

    I was thinking, “jews” when reading “Moors”. Otoh, the Moors had been in control of Spain for, what, 700 or so years. Guess that they should have followed our example and KILLED most of the Spaniards; that sortathang makes redress of past greivances somewhat moot as the redskins who are not members/employees of the Washington D.C. NFL team are well aware.

    While the Moors did control the majority of Spain for that time period, they didn’t control all of it and there were ongoing conflicts for control of various regions for centuries prior to the full reconquista IN 1492.

  • Michael Heath

    Imagine an isolated town populated only by the so-called Concerned Women of America and Gun Owners of America.org. They wouldn’t be using Gatorade for irrigation à la Idiocracy, but instead paying for fracking fluid to irrigate their crops. We need a sequel.

  • chisaihana5219

    You guys missed it: Concerned Women of American actually WATCH John Stewart?? Why? Do they have to troll left wing late night comics for something to rant about?

    And, as an aside, why am I getting banner ads for Mormonism and Scientology at the top of your column? Are they do desparate for converts that they are trolling atheist websites?

  • dingojack

    chisaihana5219 – Clearly the CWA (not the Country Women’s’ Association) thinks Jon Steward is hawt!!! Why else?

    Dingo

  • tfkreference

    But, MH, fracking fluid doesn’t have the electrolytes that plants crave.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Yes, that’s right, she cited the Crusades as an example of anti-Christian persecution.

    That’s accidentally half-right. Probably the most notorious action of the Crusades was the sacking of Constantinople. No one can persecute Christians like the Christians can.

  • anachronistes

    @22: but Michael, the sequel would be a documentary…

    ChrisL

  • exdrone

    Wright, Vicari and Rios should be reassured that, when Jesus comes back and complains that he was persecuted for expressing his religious point of view, Stewart will happily book him.

  • freehand

    You have it exactly right, freemage @15.

    I would wager that even our Miley-intoxicated pop culture would sit up and take notice if a Fundamentalist Christian girl were to take a shot for supporting female education. Especially if it were an adult male Fundy who shot her.

    And apparently these CWA women think that proselytizing Islam and general education are interchangeable.

  • imthegenieicandoanything

    “…hordes” says it all.

    Faith means never having to understand what fails to flatter your vanity.

  • blf

    Ms Yousafzai was well-known (albeit perhaps not as widely known) before the attempted assassination.

    She continues to be very well-known because she is an eloquent and impassioned voice for a very fundamental human right. A right that is independent of culture, religion, sex, age, intelligence, et al.

    The hypothetical example of the wingnuts has none of those properties. It is specific to one set of cults who are notorious for being bigoted about just about everything, including other cults in that set of cults.

  • John Phillips, FCD

    …but he couldn’t stand up for the right to believe in Jesus Christ.

    non-sequitur much, why would a Jew, i.e. Stewart, be expected to stand up for someones right to believe in Jesus Christ, at least not beyond allowing anyone to believe whatever crap they choose to anyway. They really do imagine or invent persecution everywhere.