You Have a Problem With People Thanking God?
McCain Blasts Fox‚Äôs Islamophobia: Would You Have A Problem With An American Saying ‚ÄėThank God?‚Äô
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blasted Fox News host Brian Kilmeade for linking a commonly-used Arabic phrase to terrorism, during an appearance to bolster his case for a strong military response to Syria President Bashar Assad‚Äôs alleged use of chemical weapons. The Arizona senator has long called on the Obama administration to arm the rebels fighting the Assad regime and is pressing Congress to adopt an broad-based use of force resolution.
On Tuesday, Kilmeade pushed back against McCain‚Äôs requests by arguing that American weapons could flow to extremists or terrorists in the region linked to Al Qaeda. He then played video of rockets slamming into government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs and pointed to opposition group members chanting ‚ÄúAllahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar‚ÄĚ as the rockets hit, implying that a reference to the Arab word, which is mainly used by Muslims to refer to God in Islam, betrayed ties to terrorism.
‚ÄúI have a problem helping those people screaming that after a hit,‚ÄĚ he proclaimed. Watch it:
‚ÄúWould you have a problem with an American person saying ‚Äėthank God? Thank God?‚Äô‚ÄĚ McCain asked, clearly irritated. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what they‚Äôre saying. Come on! Of course they‚Äôre Muslims, but they‚Äôre moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.‚ÄĚ Kilmeade didn‚Äôt respond to McCain and quickly moved on with the interview.