That being said, it’s often grossly misused in disgusting and ridiculous ways. Especially on Fox News.
Take for instance when Andrea Tantaros said on Fox News’ Outnumbered that basically the only way to deal with Muslims is to put a “bullet to the head.”
“If you study the history of Islam, our ship captains were getting murdered. The French had to tip us off. I mean these were the days of Thomas Jefferson. They’ve been doing the same thing. This isn’t a surprise. You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It’s the only thing these people understand. And all we’ve heard from this president is a case to heap praise on this religion, as if to appease them.”
I notice how she left out the whole part about holy wars fought by Christians that resulted in millions being slaughtered. Then again, Tantaros isn’t really known for being knowledgable about historical events.
And, of course, she finishes her rant off trying to make President Obama appear to be tolerant of groups like ISIS. Because I wouldn’t expect someone on Fox News to go off on an outrageous rant without making it an attack on the president.
But for her to lump all Muslims in with these ISIS radicals is appalling. Then to state on live television that the only way to deal with Muslims (since, you know, they’ve been doing this for centuries) is with a “bullet to the head” is pretty much hate speech.
If she wants to talk about ISIS individually as a group, that’s fine. They’re barbaric and dangerous radicals who can’t be dealt with by “diplomatic reasoning.” There’s no “reasoning” with those people.
But that’s not what she said here. She wasn’t condemning radical Muslims or the elements of Islam which deserve harsh criticism. She was evoking history (well before ISIS existed), going all the way back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, to stir up extreme hatred toward Islam and Muslim people. Inferring that it’s not ISIS that’s really the issue, but Muslims in general. You know, because they’ve “always” acted like this.
And according to her, the only way to solve this “problem” is with a “bullet to the head.”
What Ms. Tantaros seems to not understand is that every religion, even Christianity, has been used to justify horrific acts throughout human history. That’s why I’m not a fan of organized religion. Faith is fine. But once people start turning faith into an organized religion to control people, that’s when many of those individuals use it to justify atrocities. Which is exactly what terrorist groups like ISIS do.
But for Tantaros to sit there and compare all Muslims to these ISIS fanatics, essentially suggesting that we should “get rid of” all Muslims, is outrageous and reprehensible.
Though, for Fox News, comments such as these aren’t at all uncommon or surprising.