Star Parker, Asshole of the Day for February 11, 2015
Ever since President Obama made the completely factually true statement at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christianity has been used in service of horrible violence and oppression, not just in Europe in the Middle Ages, but in America to support slavery and Jim Crow, the reaction from conservative Christians has been over the top ridiculous.
On Monday we called out Mike Huckabee for basically claiming Obama was a Muslim out to oppress Christians. But he was not the only one– there was also Fox host Eric Bolling claiming that the number of killings “in name of religion” by non-Muslims stands at “zero.” Yeah.
But then on Hannity the other night we had Star Parker go to a whole new place with her outrage:
The “Hannity” panel was discussing the President’s address at the National Prayer Breakfast last week, in which he said Islam was not the only religion with a history of violence.
“I was in that room,” conservative activist Star Parker told host Sean Hannity. “And it was frankly verbal rape.”
“Wow,” said co-panelist and Fox personality Gerlado Rivera, folding his hands and looking into camera. “Yikes. Yikes.”
“Oh, yeah,” Parker said. She continued, but Hannity was still catching his breath after her remark.
“That’s a harsh term,” Hannity said.
Parker looked straight at Hannity.
“Verbal rape is what it was,” she said.
“Verbal rape”? How so? In that she was forced against her will to hear facts? Or that her islamophobia was challenged without warning or her prior consent? What definition of rape is she using?
Is she suggesting that we must now warn people and get their consent before challenging their bigotry? If that’s the case, then we need to have new procedures for lots of situations, such as
Obama would’ve been required to warn and get permission of all racists before being allowed to assume the office of president and govern competently, rather than living up to their racist stereotypes.
Women will need to warn and get the consent of sexists in the workplace before they are allowed into roles of management.
- Marco Rubio will need to warn and get the consent of racists before taking any job other than dishwashing or landscaping.
But none of that is true. This is nonsense. There is no “verbal rape” here. There is only her attempt to escalate her offended bigotry to something that sounds violent. I may have some patience for people using inflammatory words in an off-the-cuff reaction, but she’s been making the rounds, always saying “verbal rape”, so this is no accident.
So, for claiming that Obama’s statement of facts amounts to “verbal rape”, Star Parker is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Star Parker’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo
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