Via Matt Duss, I learn that Pastor Rick Warren believes the bible grants governments the authority to kill “ever-doers” like Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadenijad.
In any case, if this were a conversation between an Iranian TV host and an ayatollah in which they discussed scriptural justifications for “taking out” high ranking members of the U.S. government, you’d probably see Sean Hannity running the clip on his show — while slowly shaking his head in pious disapproval — as evidence of what crazy extremists those Iranians are. As it is, they’ll probably be running this on Iranian TV as evidence of what crazy extremists those Americans are.
Indeed. On a related note, is Sean Hannity really so ignorant he thinks Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a “rogue dictator?” Ahmadenijad would be flattered. In the first place, Ahmadinejad is an elected official — though elections aren’t precisely free in Iran — but more importantly, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei makes every single important decision of government be it through constitutional channels, coercion, corruption, or the Republican Guards. Shit, Ahmadenijad doesn’t even have pretend control of foreign policy. (Rachel Maddow cleverly referred to Ahmadenijad as the “Dana Perino of Iran.”)
Anyway, people are sometimes accused of being hyperbolic with their complains about the evil of Fox News, but it’s almost impossible to believe that someone of Hannity’s stature could actually be ignorant of something like this. Instead, it’s a lot easier to believe that Fox News and Hannity are actively misleading.