Less than a week after Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro threatened to cut off a liberal commentator for speaking obnoxiously about President Donald Trump, one of her peers at Fox threatened to boot the same commentator off his show for exploiting the Christian religion.
A recent suggestion by Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown that Christian conservatives are hypocrites triggered the discussion with liberal commentator Chris Hahn Friday evening on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Watch the first part of the discussion below, courtesy Fox News:
But according to Sherrod, because the Christian savior Jesus Christ believed in feeding and clothing those in need, Christian conservatives must provide the same service to the caravan.
Speaking with Carlson about the senator’s recent remarks, Hahn concurred.
“Well, Matthew 25 applies here, don’t you think?” he said, citing the Bible quote Sherrod had used to defend his stance. “That’s what he was quoting.”
“We have people who are fleeing for their lives, who are in desperate need, who want to come to this country and seek asylum legally, and we are sending troops to Texas.”
Carlson disagreed with this notion that political policy should be based on religious beliefs.
“Is that the new standard? Do you think it’s a fair standard? This is not something I have introduced into this. Is that a fair form of political discourse? Is this a theocracy, to assess what Jesus would do first?” he asked Hahn, the point being that the U.S. is supposed to be a secular nation.
The left-wing commentator replied by insisting that Sherrod’s point had been to highlight hypocrisy: “We’re pointing out the hypocrisy on the right, that likes to claim that they are Christians but they ignore the teachings of Christ,” he said.
This remark again made no sense to the Fox host because political policies aren’t supposed to be based on religious beliefs but rather on a country’s needs and concerns.
Yet Hahn persisted with his argument, claiming that — as an example — when Vice President Mike Pence described himself as “a Christian, a father, and a conservative in that order” during the Republican National Convention in 2016, he himself thrust religion into politics.
Except Pence never said that.
He said, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.”
Some might argue that even this is irrelevant since applying relevance to it would be equivalent to saying that because Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas identifies as a black man, he should base his rulings on his experiences as a black man versus his interpretation of constitutional law.
“I’m trying not to end this interview right now because I’m getting offended,” Carlson abruptly fired back, exasperated by Hahn’s attempts to twist Christian theology to fit his political narrative.
“I wonder if you understand the extent you’re playing with fire. Do you think that’s a wise thing to do? Do you think if Mike Pence got up and said, ‘I’m for building a wall and I’m quoting this scripture to justify it,’ I know for a fact that I would say, ‘Whoa, settle down. It’s a public policy question. It’s a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country.’ But you’re saying that’s okay.”
“I’m just pointing out that many on the right have taken Christ up as their banner of how they want to govern,” Hahn said, providing no legitimate examples to back up his assertion.”
“And yet when it comes to doing something like this, they ignore the teachings of Christ. I do not think religion or scripture should be the basis in our country.”
Like other conservatives, Carlson doubts that the left’s support for embracing the caravan of illegals has anything to do with religion. As an example, he pointed out how this week Sen. Kamala Harris compared the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency with the Ku Klux Klan.
“She’s comparing federal law enforcement officials to the clan. And I just wonder is there a limit to what you can say in public if you’re a U.S. Senator before you drive the country into some kind of internal conflict. Can you really say things like that now?” Carlson asked.
The answer appears to be a resounding no, in that liberal politicians now seem willing to say and do anything — even exploit the Christian religion — just to score some political points. Sad.
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