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.