No one should believe that Fox and Friends is a bastion of journalistic integrity or even slightly interested in fact checking. However, the morning show took the cake in redefining those two terms this week when co-host Brian Kilmeade, declared “Not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslim.”
So, I suppose this would mean that the following terrorist organizations are somehow secret Muslims:
Provisional Irish Republican Army (Catholic)
Ulster Defense Association (Protestant)
Real IRA (Catholic)
Sons of Freedom (Christian)
National Liberation Front of Tripura (Christian)
Babbar Khalsa (Sikh)
The list could go on. If you spend more than ten seconds even on Wikipedia, you might learn that there are even Hindu terrorists targeting Muslims.
Fox News said Brian would “clarify,” which probably means he’ll mention one of the organizations at the top of the list, like the IRA and talk about events that happened ten or twenty years ago. My guess would be that somehow, he’ll fail to mention more recently active groups, like the Hutaree. In March, 8 Hutaree “Christian warriors” were arrested in connection with a plot to kill local police officers in the hopes of touching off a larger confrontation. He’ll also probably assert, as others have, that he was referencing the 9/11 attacks specifically. If that were true though, why this sentence that follows his assertion: “And that is ridiculous that we got to keep defining this – the people that equate Timothy McVeigh with the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, which is growing and a threat that exists.”
Is Brian tacitly implying that McVeigh was not a terrorist? Is he implying that acts of violence perpetrated by Good white Christians motivated by political and religious ideology intended to induce fear in governments or societies (you know, the definition of terrorism) is somehow less evil than terrorist acts by Muslims? Is he perhaps suggesting that we develop a new classification of terrorists – one where we give men like McVeigh or the Hutaree sympathy? I thought terrorism was terrorism and to be opposed no matter the color, creed or national identity of the terrorist. I would like to believe that he’ll “clarify” on Monday, but I’m not holding my breath.