'Since We Donâ€™t Put Up Statues of Jesus, Everyoneâ€™s Going to Fall Morally Short'
In a stunning display of both arrogance and ignorance, "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks tried to make a 9/11 Memorial more relevant to recent news by comparing it to Confederate statues which are being removed in several states.
â€œDo you worry 100 years from now someoneâ€™s going to try to take that memorial down like theyâ€™re trying to remake our memorials today?â€ Kilmeade asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Flight 93 9/11 National Memorial in Shanksvillle, Pennsylvania.
Zinke, who once referred to HillaryÂ Clinton as "the Anti-Christ," didn't answer Kilmeade's question directly, but did signal he disagrees with the removal of Confederate statutes.
Fox & Friends seriously just compared a 9/11 memorial to Confederate statues, asking if we'll be tearing down 9/11 memorials in 100 years: pic.twitter.com/Y5Xg1dsB0dâ€” Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) September 11, 2017
â€œIâ€™m one that believes that you know we should learn from history. And I think our monuments are part of our countryâ€™s history. We can learn from it,â€ Zinke told the Fox News crew.
â€œSince we donâ€™t put up statues of Jesus, everyoneâ€™s going to fall morally short. And I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA.â€Â
Removal of Confederate statues across the country was ignited recently by the protest by white supremacists of a planned removal of one in Charlottesville. That protest led to violence from racist hate groups and the killing of one woman who was protesting the "alt-right."
Conservatives have generally expressed support for the statutes, many of which were not created until well after the Civil War, and more in an effort during Jim Crow to celebrate white supremacy.
"Kilmeade is not the first to publicly compare the Sept. 11 memorials to Confederate memorials," The Hill notes.
Maine's Gov. Paul LePage (R)Â also recentlyÂ comparedÂ them saying,Â "Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is.
"And to me, it's just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that."
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