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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...

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.
Because otherwise all those bigots and sexists might feel they too have  been “verbally raped”.

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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Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 9, 2015
Last week President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and continued his assertion, stated often, that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists do not represent their entire religion, and that...

Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 9, 2015

Last week President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and continued his assertion, stated often, that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists do not represent their entire religion, and that evil done in the name of Islam is no different than evil that has been done in the name of Christianity, not just throughout world history, but specifically American history with regards to slavery and Jim Crow. Here’s what the president said:

Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The facts of Christianity being used in service of those evils is 100% accurate, as Ta-Nehisi Coates goes at length to show.

But apparently bringing up facts is unforgivable. And, while many conservatives responded with crazy talk, it’s Mike Huckabee we’re highlighting today, for his was particularly ugly and he is running for president. Here’s Huckabee’s response:

“Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel,” he said on “Fox and Friends.” “The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community.”

Huckabee makes two assertions, both objectionable. So let’s take them in order:

#1 “Everything he does is against what Christians stand for.”

So which one of these things that Christians stand for does Obama act against?

  • Helping the poor?
  • Treating others the way he would like to be treated?

Or is it that in Mike Huckabee’s very narrow view of his own religion all that Christians stand for is persecuting gays and oppressing women?

Please recall that Obama is a professed Christian, and that during the 2008 election, members of Mike Huckabee’s party tried to make it unacceptable that Obama attended the Christian church run by Rev. Wright. Ring a bell?

#2 “The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.”

Look, during his presidency Obama

  • Prioritized killing Bin Laden
  • Increased drone attacks against Islamic terrorists
  • Began bombing ISIS
  • Negotiated to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons

That doesn’t sound like undying and unfailing support to me.

But Mike Huckabee doesn’t care about that. He expects the president of a constitutionally secular country will unconditionally put Christians above all others, and by Christians, those who hold the narrow view of the faith that Mike Huckabee has.

And even more than that, Mike Huckabee knows that this line of attack plays to the portion of American racists who believe Obama to be a secret Muslim. And for that, Mike Huckabee is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Mike Huckabee’s sixth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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