Frequent Fox News guest Star Parker accused President Obama of committing "verbal rape" against Christians during the National Prayer Breakfast, wording was so inflammatory that none other than Geraldo Rivera, who was on the panel next to her, yelped "Yikes!" You know you're overdoing it hyperbole-wise when even Geraldo can't hang.
Parker made the remarks on a panel on Sean Hannity's show Monday, where she and anti-gay Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress were talking about Obama's remarks at the prayer breakfast. Among other things, the president talked about all the recent violence by religious extremists, and how to reconcile that with the "the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths." Here's the quote that got Star so excised:
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.
Parker said the "high horse" comment was, well, you know:
Let me put in context, then. Because I was in that room. And it was, frankly, verbal rape. Oh yeah. We were not expecting it. Nobody wanted it. It was horrible to sit through. And after it was over we all felt like crap.
That would be, er, a little excessive in any context, but it's particularly tough to hear on a network that routinely makes light of actual rape (Stacey Dash and her thoughts on "naughty" rape victims spring to mind). When Geraldo made disbelieving noises, Parker doubled down, calling Obama's remarks "arrogant" and some kind of coded message to his secret Muslim terrorist allies, who, Parker said, he was was trying to tell to "Keep doing what you're doing over there in the Middle East."
Fox News: Always, always committed to leading the way in shitty takes by horrible people.