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NewsReal Sunday: Chris Matthews says the Dumbest Thing In Television History

Posted on October 25 2009 5:46 am
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Have you seen us in your church lately?

MSNBC host Chris Matthews may now have the honor of having said the dumbest thing in the history of television.  This past Thursday Matthews unfortunately allowed an imbecilic thought to pass from his brain to his mouth on his nationally televised cable news show.

Here’s the moment of insanity on video:

Matthews: “The group in this country that most resembles the Taliban, ironically, is the Religious Right.”

It is a pet peeve of mine when a cable news host drops a bomb (no Taliban pun intended) of a statement right at the end of a segment and moves on to something else.  He allows no time for a logical response to an illogical statement.

Does Matthews really think the Religious Right “resembles the Taliban?” Let’s look at this objectively by comparing them.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 until they were removed from power by NATO forces. Why were they removed from power?  Because they were harboring and funding Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism all over the world – including the ones that flew planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  They are a clear enemy of the United States.

The Taliban are known for wanting government to uphold the strictest form of Sharia law. They even add additional laws to it.  They are especially known for their degradation of women. Women are kept in oppressive attire and wife-beating is legal. The Taliban in Afghanistan also limited poppy production only for the purpose of driving up the price of Opium to provide them wealth – even though the Qu’ran forbids Muslims from producing drugs. Worst of all, right now US soldiers are being killed in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents.

Now where exactly does Matthews see a resemblance between that and the Religious Right?  As someone who is a Christian and a conservative I’d like an explanation and an apology.  Christian conservatives are known as the most charitable segment of America. They believe in the moral principles of Jesus – who never promoted violence.  And while they speak out against things they believe to be social evils – they have no desire to make some legalistic form of Christianity to rule America.  Moreover, they do not support any form of terrorism, drug use, or abuse of women.  Where’s the connection Chris?

Chris, next time you want to make such a crazy comparison – remember that the Religious Right’s main goal is to be like Jesus.  Here’s a great Bible passage that most of us “Religious Right” try to follow:

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him… 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:10-14

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