You Have a Problem With People Thanking God?
McCain Blasts Foxâs Islamophobia: Would You Have A Problem With An American Saying âThank God?â
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 Assadâs 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 McCainâs 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 âAllahu Akbar! Allahu Akbarâ 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.
âI have a problem helping those people screaming that after a hit,â he proclaimed. Watch it:
âWould you have a problem with an American person saying âthank God? Thank God?ââ McCain asked, clearly irritated. âThatâs what theyâre saying. Come on! Of course theyâre Muslims, but theyâre moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.â Kilmeade didnât respond to McCain and quickly moved on with the interview.