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Compared Radical Christians to Radical Muslims-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: Rosie O'Donnell, who is part
of the cast of ABC's daytime show titled The View, allegedly
compared radical Christians and radical Muslims. The email says
she was talking about Bible-believing Christians.
The Truth: This exchange did take place
during a program of The View that was telecast on September 12,
2006, the day after the fifth anniversary of the Attack on America.
According to a transcript of the show
obtained by TruthOrFiction.com, O'Donnell brought up the subject of a
national speech made by President George W. Bush on September 11.
In it, the President said that the safety of America depends on the
outcome of the battle on the streets of Baghdad. O'Donnell said
she felt the the outcome "...depends on the battle in the streets
of New Orleans," referring to reconstruction and relief efforts
after the gulf hurricanes in 2005.
Another of the hosts on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, spoke on
behalf of the President and his actions in Afghanistan and Iraq saying,
"I mean, it's been five years, we have not been attacked,"
Hasselbeck said. "We're also in a- We're on the on the offense
here. We have to be, because we were attacked five years ago."
O'Donnell said, "We were attacked, not by a nation, and as a result
of the attack and the killing of nearly 3,000 innocent people, we
invaded two countries and killed innocent people in their
Hasselbeck replied, "But do you understand that that the belief
funding those attacks, okay, that is wide spread? And if you take
radical Islam and you want to talk about what's going on there, you have
O'Donnell interrupted with, "And just one second. Radical
Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like
America where we have a separation of church and state. We're a
"Hang on," Hasselbeck replied. "We are not bombing
ourselves here in the country. We are being attacked."
"No," said O'Donnell. "But we are bombing innocent people
in other countries. True or false?"
Another co-host Joy Behar, added, "But, but Christians are not
threatening to kill us. There's that difference, This group is
threatening to kill us."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
September 14, 2006
O'Donnell on ABC: 'Radical Christians' no different
Neither O'Donnell nor ABC has apologized
ABC's Rosie O'Donnell told a nationwide audience this
"radical Christians" are the same as radical Muslims who
hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers, who chop off the heads
of individuals and who bomb innocent children in suicide attacks.
O'Donnell made her comments as host of ABC's "The View."
"Radical Christianity is just as threatening as
radical Islam in a
country like America where we have separation of church and state,"
O'Donnell said. She had been saying that America was attacked "not
a nation." She continued: "And as a result of the attack and
killing of 3,000 innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed
innocent people." Even her liberal co-hosts were shocked by her
Co-host Joy Behar protested that Christians are not
trying to impose
mass murder on America. "This group (radical Muslims) is
to kill us." Replied O'Donnell: "No, but we are bombing
people in other countries. True or false?"
O'Donnell was saying there is no difference between
Muslims who kill in the name of Allah and Bible-believing Christians
who follow the teachings of Jesus.
Neither O'Donnell nor ABC apologized for the comments.
Had she made
similar comments about minorities or homosexuals, there would have
been an apology, and she would have probably been fired.
The message from ABC is that bashing Christians is
comparing them with murderers who kill in the name of Allah.
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