Last night's horrific massacre of 9 people at the Emanuel AME Church in historic Charleston, South Carolina was preceded by a number of racially charged comments from the shooter (whom we now know to be Dylan Storm Roof 21 of Columbia, S.C.).
Silvia Johnson, a cousin of church shooting victim Pastor Clementa Pinckney says she spoke with one of the survivors "and she said that he had reloaded five different times... and he just said 'I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go.'"
Without missing a beat, Fox "News" sought to distract their audience from the harsh reality that this was a hate crime and replace it with their 'war on Christianity' claim.
By including a black pastor in the discussion, albeit one with a crazy reputation, Fox News spins the story away from obvious racial animosity to their fake notion that the persecuted faith, Christianity is under fire. “
There does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians in this country because of our biblical views,” Jackson, a pastor himself, said after urging that everyone wait for the facts. “It is something we have to be aware of.”
Later, Doocy added, “Extraordinarily, they called it a ‘hate crime,’ and some look at it as, ‘Well, because it was a white guy and a black church,’ but you made a great point earlier about the hostility towards Christians. And it was a church. So maybe that’s what they were talking about. They haven’t explained it to us.”
In case you forgot, the Uncle Ruckus du jour, E.W. Jackson (R-Va), was the candidate for Lieutenant Governor running alongside Ken Cucinelli, who both lost in a race against Terry McAuliffe. Jackson is of course a welcome guest on Fox News, having lost a political contest to a Democrat, much like Allen West, one of their other Uncle Ruckus types. In order to pander to their NRA enthusiast crowd, both Doocy and Jackson advocate for more guns in the church, because what could possibly go wrong with that?