The American Divide: Hawks and Doves

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This concerns the great indignation of Eric Thomas Bolling, a conservative American television personality who specializes in financial news and political commentary. He is the co-host of Fox News Channel’s early evening talk show, The Five.

Bolling objected to President Obama’s comments in an earlier White House Prayer Breakfast Speech, wherein the President compared the current Islāmic uprising in the Middle East, radical Muslim jihadists killing innocents in the name of Allah, to Christians of nearly a thousand years past. Bolling went on to reveal his twisted knowledge of history: “And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion – well, that would be zero.”

Bolling’s ignorance is appalling. Christians fought a thirty-year war in Europe, mainly in present-day Germany, between the years of 1618 and 1648 which killed 20% of its population in a mass slaughter which was not to be equaled until World War II. The Holy Inquisition, the darkest side of Christian history which started in 1478 and raged on for a period of 300 years, is still called the foulest crime and deepest shame of Western civilization. An estimated four million women were killed in witch hunts, burned at the stake or drowned in caged baskets, convicted of being temptresses of men.

Let me tell you, the United States, the most powerful nation on Earth, is not always appreciated for its lack of diplomacy. There have been enough blunders made by hawks which could not be righted by doves. And at home, democratic culture has not been supported regularly. The USA had its slavery, its KKK movements, and today, a creeping culture of university campus sexual assaults and gang rape.

Before I turn this into a long-winded rant, I’ve attached the news reports and let you be the judge. Paralyzing stupidity?

BOLLING: President Obama, Christians, and ISIS: Wake Up America

‘America Is Not Broken’: Bolling Tells Obama, Progressives to Back Off:

 

6 thoughts on “The American Divide: Hawks and Doves

  1. The mouthpieces at Fox News are constantly spewing forth ignorant propaganda such as this. As an American I have sadly become resigned to this sort of stupidity.

    Since I happen to have been raised Jewish, I certainly did not find President Obama’s comments to be offensive. At an early age I learned all about the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, which saw the absolute worst that Christianity had to offer.

    As far as Obama referencing events that are “centuries old,” the fact of the matter is that the United States is a young country, and both slavery and Jim Crow, which were indeed justified by some in the name of the Christian religion, are in our recent past.

    And I am certainly not going to turn a blind eye to my own faith. There have absolutely been fanatics and extremists in the Jewish religion. The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by Yigal Amir, a fellow Jew, is only the most prominent example.

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  2. The only problem with President Obama’s remarks was they were nuanced and in depth, not the sort of thing that translates well into sound bites and instant recognition of the theme.

    In this case, I heard a call to humility in the face of faith because we all fail as human beings. The examples he gave helped define how we have failed, and how barbarism isn’t unique to any one faith or people.

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    • Thank you for your comment. I am looking forward to the rest of Obama’s term. This is president who has no hidden agenda. The burden of re-election is no longer there. The cares of the polls, forgotten. If he keeps on the track of his statement at the Grammy’s, he could do more good with the remainder of his term then thought possible.

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