Rosie O’Donnell, left, on ABC’s ‘The View’ with Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Rosie O’Donnell says “radical” Christians in America are just as much of a threat as the followers of radical Islam who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
O’Donnell, the newest face on ABC’s “The View,” yesterday let her feelings fly after co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck noted militant Islam provides a threat to free people.
“Just a minute,” she interrupted. “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state.”
She had been saying America was attacked “not by a nation.”
Yet, she said, “And as a result of the attack and the killing of nearly 3,000 innocent people we invaded two countries and killed innocent people.”
A bewildered co-host, Joy Behar, protested that Christians are not threatening to impose mass murder on Americans.
“There’s that difference. This group is threatening to kill us,” Behar said.
And Hasselback, appearing surprised, said, “We are not bombing ourselves here in the country.”
“No, but we are bombing innocent people in other countries. True or false?” O’Donnell said.
Internet chat forums erupted.
“Please tell me why Rosie O’overrated Donnell is on TV at all,” said kathleenirish. ” One of the mysteries of life, like why no talents/low raters like her, Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann and Al Franken still hang around. … God Bless America.”
The television show segment launched with O’Donnell reading from President Bush’s speech the previous night, where he expressed sorrow that the war on terror has been thrust on America, but also promising to finish it.
Another Internet contributor, identified as Michelle, said O’Donnell apparently believes the federal government is a branch of radical Christianity. And, Michelle said, O’Donnell apparently never has heard of World War II “and the innocent civilians that unfortunately died in the struggle against the Nazis.”
“Iraq and Afghanistan never threatened to kill us,” O’Donnell said.
But Michelle suggested perhaps O’Donnell should review where the Taliban trained and plotted.
“We will never bring peace at the hands of war. … As a species we have to rise above it,” O’Donnell said.
Internet chat contributor dcpro said it wasn’t anything surprising.
“When you got Rosie sitting at your table, what do you expect?”
“The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on,” added Chris Norman. “So, Rosie O’Donnell, stand up comic and geopolitical analyst, thinks if we just do nothing except hang our heads and cry, ‘Oh, woe is me!’, the rest of the world will join together and ride to our rescue? Oh, really. We might get those warm and fuzzy statements of sympathy – maybe. I suppose the liberal plan is. ‘We probably deserve whatever we got. Be sad. Do nothing.'”
“Rosie who????” was the terse response from LJS.
“Rosie has got to go. Poor Barbara (Walters), you know she knows she made a terrible mistake. It is laughable,” said msh1973.
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