But Fox News host Eric Bolling denied Saturday that Christians, or people of any faith other than Islam for that matter, have killed anyone in the name of their religion.
“Reports say radical Muslim jihadists killed thousands of people in the past few months alone,” Bolling said on “Cashin’ In.” “And get, and yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion — well that number would be zero.”
Bolling argued that it was wildly inappropriate for Obama to use a “misguided moral equivalency” to invoke the Crusades in the same breath as the Islamic State terror group to make a point about the history of religious violence.
“He practically blamed Christians for the religious fanatics who are burning men alive, burying children alive and crucifying young boys,” he said. “Talking about both in the same context is simply not okay.”
It’s not clear whether Bolling was referring to the total number of people killed in the name of religions other than Islam in the past few months or in general. But even if Bolling was referring to that narrower time frame, there was at least one planned attack in the United States with reported ties to Christianity that he overlooked.
Law enforcement officials believed that Texas resident Larry McQuilliams, who was gunned down by police in November while trying to burn down a Mexican consulate, was planning a broader attack against churches and government buildings. Investigators searching McQuilliams’ van found a copy of the 1990 book “Vigilantes of Christendom,” which is linked to a Christian sect called the Phineas Priesthood that holds racist and anti-Semitic beliefs.