ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd found himself in quite the pickle after he suggested on Twitter that there’s “no difference” between a fundamentalist radical Christian and a fundamentalist radical Muslim.
“A fundamentalist radical Christian is just as misguided and frightening as a fundamentalist radical Muslim,” he wrote. “No difference.”
Dowd, a practicing Catholic, launched the missive Wednesday night, and it didn’t take long for Twitter to lob quite a few retorts his way:
And when one person asked the commentator for the percentage of fundamentalist radical Christians who “think that homosexuals should be executed,” Dowd replied: “Near 100 percent of them think homosexuals are evil and need to be isolated from their children.”
Is it just me, or did that not answer the question?
The atrocities carried out in the name of radical Islam — not radical Christianity — are a present and overwhelming concern.
OutRight Action International, a group that advocates LGBT rights, tracked more than two dozen executions of men and women charged with crimes pertaining to sexual identity between December 2014 and June 2016.
In a single day in September 2015, the Islamic State executed 10 people in Syria — nine men and one 15-year-old boy — for being gay, according to Vice News. And in December of that year, two men were shoved off the roof of a Syrian hotel after being convicted of homosexuality, The Associated Press reported.
So to say there’s “no difference” between someone who adheres radically to the Christian faith versus the Muslim faith seems to be quite a far-reaching assumption to make in 140 characters or less.
At the end of the day, it was just one more silly, poorly-thought-out tweet that led to meaningless fighting online. So just a regular day, I suppose.
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