In a fiery segment of Sean Hannity’s show Hannity on Wednesday, Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas squared off with Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Hannity introduced the line of questioning by reacting to President Obama’s inaction from ISIS’ mass killing in Brussels last week, questioning the president’s actions while in Cuba and Argentina. Obama was seen participating in the wave with Raul Castro and dancing the tango in Argentina. His response at a White House prayer breakfast also drew criticism, as it appeared to be a lecture to Americans rather than addressing their safety.
In response, Jeffers said, “Once again, on the heels of a horrific terror attack you have the president assuming his favorite role of defender-in-chief of Islam. It is time for this president and others to wake up to the fact of, whether we’re talking about Paris, Pakistan, Brussels or San Bernardino, all of these attacks share one common denominator: they were not committed by Jews or Hindus or Episcopalians, they were committed by radical Islamic terrorists. And Sean, by this president’s unwillingness to admit that and denying it and demonizing the rest of us who make that connection, it’s not only shameful, he is endangering the future security of our country.”
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Jeffers then attempted to point to an important distinction between the two groups.
Jeffers said, “Here’s why you cant tie [the KKK] to Christianity. You can’t find one verse in the New Testament that says, ‘Kill unbelievers.’ Jesus, the founder of our faith, didn’t kill anybody. He was crucified, but you look in the Koran, you can find 35 sword verses. Muhammad was nothing but a bloodthirsty warlord who beheaded 600 Jews who would not follow him into battle.”
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Jeffers credited Trump for saying there was something within Islam that teaches its followers to hate Christians, Jews and non-believers. Jeffers said that if it’s true only five percent of Islam’s 1.5 billion followers are radical, then that equates to 75 million extremists. “How did so many people get their religion wrong? That’s the question,” Jeffers concluded.
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