Apparently every expert on terrorism in the country was busy on September 2, so Sean Hannity had Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on his Fox News show to discuss how the U.S. should be handling the radical Islamic group ISIS. Robertson had this to say about what he thinks should be done:
In this case, you either have to convert them [ISIS], which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them. But I’m just saying, either convert them, or kill them. One or the other.
On September 3, Hannity spoke to Imam Mohammed Siddeeq about ISIS, and other terrorist groups. In the typical condescending manner that Hannity saves for any guest who disagrees with him, he demands that Siddeeq issue a blanket condemnation of all Islamic groups in the Middle East. Siddeeq refuses to do so, telling Hannity “I’m not going to give a broad brush condemnation of anything.”
Hannity then goes through a list of Islamic groups, asking Siddeeq to pass judgement on each as “terrorist,” or “non-terrorist.” Siddeeq identifies all of the groups Hannity names as terrorists, with the exception of Hezbollah. They also spar a bit about Hamas, which Siddeeq correctly points out is the legitimately elected government of Gaza. But he acknowledges that if Hamas’s charter, which he says he has not seen, calls for the destruction of Israel, then they are also a terrorist group.
The interview gets testy when Hannity says,
I’m a Catholic. If people were killing in the name of my religion, and radicalizing my religion, I would condemn them. I would think as a Muslim you would want to do that.
To which Siddeeq replies, “You didn’t condemn the Duck Dynasty [guy] yesterday.”
Hannity doesn’t see what Robertson told him as worthy of condemnation, and he offers up a distorted version of Robertson’s comment:
What about the Duck Dynasty [guy]? He was talking about radical Islamists. Either they change their minds, or we have to kill the people that are beheading innocent Americans.
Siddeeq shoots back, “Doesn’t that sound like ISIS? Isn’t that what ISIS is saying?”
Of course, Hannity sees no connection between the two, but forced “conversions” to Islam is exactly what ISIS is doing.
Here’s the video of the exchange, courtesy of Fox News: