In an act of jaw-dropping obliviousness, ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd said that Christian persecution of Muslims is a “bigger issue” in America and around the globe than Muslim persecution of Christians.
Dowd made his comment responding to Fox News host Shannon Bream, who aired a segment on the growing persecution of Christians around the world.
Several people responded, questioning how Dowd managed to stuff that much sheer ignorance into 140 characters.
Matthew, Muslims are not threatened in the USA with death for practicing their religion the way Christian "apostates" are in Muslim nations https://t.co/rp5OFuKBoH— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 12, 2017
Jay Caruso, of Redstate, is stating the obvious. Matthew Dowd didn’t take.
@JayCaruso What are you talking about? Muslims are threatened every day in America, by right wing Christian extremists.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 12, 2017
You read that correctly. “Right wing Christian extremists” in America persecuting Muslims are a “bigger issue” than Christian persecution everywhere in the world.
@matthewjdowd How can you possibly argue Muslims are at a greater risk in the United States than Christians are in Muslim nations?— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 12, 2017
Good question, Jay!
@matthewjdowd Come on, man. You’re a smart person but to say that Muslims are more at risk is crazy talk— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 12, 2017
But is he?
@matthewjdowd And if you have data to support your argument, I’d love to see it— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 12, 2017
Oh, there’s data. Tons of data.
But liberals seem to have this obsessive-compulsive need to go to extremes to defend Islam (and conveniently ignore the countless hate crime hoaxes that so many Muslims in America feel the need to resort to).
ABC's "chief political analyst" figures when in doubt, pander to Muslims, negate Christian suffering, and generally flaunt his ignorance https://t.co/Q5Ok1teBFt— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) May 12, 2017
@BuckSexton Huh??? I am not pandering to anyone. Just pointing out how we need some perspective.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 12, 2017
It’s not that Dowd’s defense of Islam is problematic. It’s his denial of the reality of Christian persecution that’s breathtakingly delusional.
@matthewjdowd Spend some time with Christians in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc for some "perspective"— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) May 12, 2017
@BuckSexton Why don't you spend some time with Muslims across America.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 12, 2017
@matthewjdowd Does this kind of stuff get you applause on "The View?"— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) May 12, 2017
Just to be clear: After all this criticism and presentation of facts, Dowd is not backtracking.
Chief political analyst for ABC News just said persecution of Muslims is a bigger issue than genocide of Christians! Worst tweet of the day https://t.co/11AEwpV5Si— Ryan Mauro (@ryanmauro) May 12, 2017
@ryanmauro I actually never said that. Look what i was tweeting. It was related to persecution.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 12, 2017
So genocide isn't a form of persecution? Genocide of Christians is different than persecution of Christians? https://t.co/uRUo7oiX5f— Ryan Mauro (@ryanmauro) May 12, 2017
@ryanmauro Again you are missing the point.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 12, 2017
Then explain why you said persecution of Muslims is a bigger issue than persecution of Christians, to use your exact words. https://t.co/ybCXfuIxTe— Ryan Mauro (@ryanmauro) May 12, 2017
Here is Dowd’s conclusive evidence:
@ryanmauro It is. End of story.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 12, 2017
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