This past weekend, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) delivered a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Protestant denomination, the United Church of Christ. In the speech, Obama argued that faith in the United States has been “hijacked” by “the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us.”
Last night on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter responded to Obama’s comments by implicating him as a terrorist. Coulter remarked, “Anyone named B. Hussein Obama should not use the words ‘hijack’ and ‘religion’ in the same sentence.” Host Sean Hannity added that Obama’s remarks were part of a “black separatist agenda.”
Fox News is still planning to hold a Democratic presidential debate cosponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus in September. Yet this sort of racist and religious bigotry aired by Fox is nothing new. Earlier this year, the network basely suggested that Obama attended a radical anti-American madrassa “financed by Saudis” as a 6-year-old old in Indonesia.
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— Ryan PowersUPDATE: Yesterday on ABC’s Good Morning America, Coulter said, “If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.” Crooks and Liars has the video.
OBAMA: Along the way faith stopped being used to bring us together faith started being used to drive us apart. Faith got hijacked.
Faith got hijacked partly because of the so-called leaders of the christian right who’ve been all to eager to exploit what divides us. At every opportunity they’ve told evangelical christians that democrats disrespect their values had hate their church while telling the rest of the country that religions americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design.
COLMES: That was presidential hopeful Barack Obama accusing conservatives of hijacking religion from the democrats. The freshmen senator that the christian coalition has pushed its agenda on the american people and made anyone who disagreed appear immoral. he also took a shot at the religious right for criticizing his church.
Joining us now is author of Godless Ann Coulter and Fox News political analyst and writer at gather.com Laura Schwartz. Now ann, when you write a book called Godless about which you’re talking about liberals isn’t that divisive?
COULTER: Right unlike a guy running for president making that little speech in a church in order to advance his nomination to be the democrat presidential nominee.
COLMES: Oh, so only republicans can talk in churches
COULTER: No, but I do think someone named B. Hussein Obama should avoid using hijack and religion in the same sentence.
COLMES: So in other words you want to paint him as a terrorist by continuing to highlight his middle name.
COULTER: right, just avoid those two together.
COLMES: I see, so only you can talk like that. Only conservatives. Someone who’s middle name is hussein should not talk like that.
COULTER: Avoid, hijack and religion.
COLMES: I see. When you say for example, Democrats cannot “conceive of hate speech toward christians because in their eyes christians always deserve it”
COULTER: Right, as per Obama’s speech, right now. How divisive we are…
COLMES: But when you said, “assuming you aren’t the fetus the lefts most dangerous religious belief is their adoration of violent criminals.” — you’re not painting…
COULTER: That’s a beautiful line, isn’t it?
COLMES: In other words, only the right has religion the way it should be but not the left. Right?
COULTER: That’s correct.
COLMES: So, I think we made the point Laura that Ann Coulter might be, you know, Exhibit A on how they like to use religion and try to clobber liberals over the head with it. Of course unfairly so, and inaccurately so.
SCHWARTZ: Well not to mention Pat Roberson who said that liberals want to do to the evangelicals what Nazi germany did to the Jews or Jerry Fallwell before he passed saying that “hillary Clinton will will motivate the evangelicals more than Satan himself.” You know, this is not the kind of language we need in politics today and Barack Obama’s begger message of his entire speech from the weekend his central theme was bringing Americans together. So instead of be divisive and try to divide let’s look at what comes together. It’s an interesting trend among evangelicals these days. Because they are focusing on ending poverty, saving mother earth for our children and working toward health care. I think the democrats might have a bigger trend than evangelicals this time.
COLMES: That’s right. Ann do you agree with Barack Obama when he says “As children of God we believe in the worth and dignity of every human being”?
COULTER: Um, yeah, we actually do believe it. Which is why we don’t believe you should be puncturing the skulls of fetuses and sucking the brains out. And by the way, when he talks about how divisive Christians are… Why are we the ones who have to give in so that the world can come together. Why don’t they give in on issues like abortion?
HANNITY: We talk about being divisive, but we have his pastor on this program, remember who has a very black separatist point of view, about the black church, dedicate ourselves to the black community, the black this… Well I confronted him over this, lets look at Obama’s pastor, right here, who he now distances himself from….
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HANNITY: IT seems to be that you say the “black community,” “black family,” “black work ethic, black community…”
HANNITY: Sir, Whether you like it or not I’m going to get my words in.
HANNITY: It’s all about the “black community,” it’s a “black separatist” agenda.