Move Over, Steve Doocy

I’ve long said that Steve Doocy was the dumbest man on television, with his primary competition being his Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, but their colleague Eric Bolling is eager to get in on the competition. His breathtakingly inane reaction to President Obama’s prayer breakfast speech:

“Reports say radical Muslim jihadists killed thousands of people in the past few months alone. And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion––well, that would be zero.”

This will come as quite a shock to the people of Ireland, where thousands of people died in fighting between Catholics and Protestants. And to the victims of the witch hunts. And the inquisition. And the ongoing wars between Buddhists and Hindus in Sri Lanka. And the victims of the KKK in this country. And the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army. The the 2-4 million people killed in the French wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants.

And the victims of Nazi violence (it was not a coincidence that German soldiers wore belt buckles on their uniforms that said “Gott mit uns” — God with us). Adolf Hitler justified his slaughters explicitly on Christian grounds. Or the centuries of pogroms against the Jews launched by the Catholic Church and by Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism. It brings to mind this famous statement from Thomas Jefferson:

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”

As usual, the Christian right is virtually allergic to reality. They invent a spotless past just as they invent current persecution.

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  • brucegee1962

    Is it possible that he meant that the Christians et al haven’t killed anyone in the last few months?

    Which probably also isn’t true. But then again, being blind to the history that you want to preserve is pretty much a requirement for conservatism.

  • Trebuchet

    And Bosnia, not so very long ago.

  • eric

    So Bolling, does that mean that the number of times the Jewish authorities requested the Romans execute someone for violating their (not Roman) laws was zero? I suspect Richard Carrier would agree with that…

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    I’ve long said that Steve Doocy was the dumbest man on television, with his primary competition being his Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, but their colleague Eric Bolling is eager to get in on the competition.

    It’s a race to the bottom! Is there an OTB where I can bet on this one?

    I have to give Bolling the edge over Doocy right now. Bolling’s statement may well have been the dumbest thing that I’ve read in a couple of years. And yes, I’ve read all of your posts where people have said dumb things.

    The list of Christian atrocities is nearly endless, and they’re no nicer to each other than they are to non-Christians. Let me contribute the Waldensians (this, too), and the Cathars. The latter gave us “Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.”—”Kill them all, the Lord will recognise His own.” Christian love at its very best.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion––well, that would be zero.

    Yes, but only because the term “whatever” = (- Christianity), (- Judaism), (-Hinduism), (-Buddhism), which sum to zero.

  • caseloweraz

    Yes, those Whateverites are really something! My mind boggles at the numbers of people murdered in the name of religion they’ve brought back to life.

  • gshelley

    And a few second web search shows that Muslims and Christians were slaughtering each other in the Central African Republic last year. Though no doubt he would find a way to argue only the Muslims were doing it for religious reasons.

    I haven’t even seen anyone bring up the Holocaust in this discussion – It is pretty hard to make an argument that for at least some of the people involved, Christianity wasn’t a major factor.

  • D. C. Sessions

    He’s right, you know. A careful review of all Fair and Balanced news shows absolutely zero events of religious violence committed by Christians, Jews, etc.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Event the supposedly peaceful Buddhists have gotten in on the act. There was a massacre of Muslims in Myanmar about this time last year. Of course, Bolling would probably be cheering that one since the victims were Muslim.

  • jaybee

    I think it is pretty clear that he is comparing the groups solely over the past few months. Which is the definition of cherry picking. It also utterly misses the point Obama was making.

  • justawriter

    Reminds of the punchline of a joke I heard back in the 70s. “I wish all these Catholics and Protestants were heathens so they could live together like good Christians.”

  • abb3w

    I’m guessing that Bolling would argue for technical correctness on the grounds that the modifier “in the past few months alone” must also be taken as a limitation on “their combined killings”.

    And probably still be wrong — but at least disqualifying the majority of Ed’s examples, and thus making Bolling mostly right in the minds of Fox viewers.

  • scienceavenger

    The people doing the killing aren’t real Christians, duh.