According to Eric Bolling, a Fox "News" co-host, every terrorist act committed on American soil has been committed by Muslims. So no terrorists in America have been non-Muslims, i.e. Christians. No Christian terrorists?
Not a Muslim Terrorist
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That's so obviously and inexcusably wrong that I have to wonder if it is deliberately wrong -- a deliberately attempt to cover up and distract from acts of Christian terrorism.
The context of this assertion is a lawsuit filed by the legal rights group Muslim Advocates. They are alleging that Muslims have had their civil rights violated more than any other group in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"How is it every terrorist on American soil has been a Muslim?" [Eric] Bolling wondered.
"Wait a second," [Juan] Williams shot back. "You mean to say Oklahoma City [bombing] was conducted by a Muslim?"
"In the last 15 years," Bolling added.
"Oh, come on," Williams replied.
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At least he was willing to restrict the context of his assertion to fifteen years, but an honest person would have first admitting that they were wrong at first and being too broad. Nevertheless, even the restricted time span results in an obviously and inexcusably wrong assertion.
There have been several attacks on abortion clinics and abortion providers, all of which qualify as terrorist acts and all of which have been committed by people who weren't Muslims. Being involved in the news business, however tangentially it may be with Fox, Eric Bolling has no excuse to not be aware of this.
Of course, his colleagues aren't much better...
"It's a strange thing that a lot of groups will do if they feel they're being targeted is turn America's system of civil rights and the Constitution back on the government," co-host Dana Perino agreed. "Now that's one of the things we have to struggle against."
I'm guessing that Dana Perino is simply ignorant of the fact that the civil rights protected by the Constitution are protections against government action. Of course it's being turned back on the government -- that's what we are supposed to be protected against. To complain about that is to complain about the existence of civil rights and the existence of constitutional protections at all.
Of maybe I'm wrong and Perino isn't ignorant of all this at all. Maybe she knows that this is what she's saying and this is exactly what she believes.