Sean Hannity Tells Controversial Imam:
Last night Faux News' Sean Hannity took on controversial Imam Anjem Choudary in a guns-blazing, must-see debate that was not only full of fun verbal insults flying back and forth, but was also frightening and informative. After a relentless interrogation by Hannity, Choudary revealed his support of Sharia Law and Osama bin Laden, and provided for some great television.
Anyone interested in just seeing a conversation between two people who absolutely loathe the existence of one another will find enjoyment from witnessing the exchange of many memorable insults here. Choudary to Hannity: “you’re very immature, next time we can have a more decent conversation” and “your viewers will see through your lies and your propaganda.” Hannity returning fire: “you’re a bit of a coward” and “you’re one sick, miserable, evil SOB.”
Yet even on substance this shootout is really entertaining. It’s rare to see someone so confidently state, as Choudary does, that “Americans are the biggest criminals in the world today,” that he wants all of the Jewish people out of Israel, and that America’s version of “freedom” is not something desired by the rest of the world. Most terrifying though was a cryptic warning Choudary issues to Hannity that America should be “worried that Islam is coming to your backyard.”
Aside from an awkwardly long back-and-forth about who gets to ask the questions, Hannity was in rare Faux form here. Not because of his skewed unapologetic patriotism, which is certainly entertaining in the face of confrontation, but more specifically for exposing Choudary to a truly American ideal of a free society: opportunities to passionately and peacefully debate with those whom you disagree.
I have to tell you that I quit watching much on Faux News many months back after Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck heaped some scorn on the “birthers” (a pejorative term for people who would like to see some as-yet not released documented verification that President Obama is Constitutionally eligible to hold office). There are many reasons for not watching Faux, but this was the straw for me.
Just by happenstance did I catch the Hannity V Choudary lexical attack.
The icing on the cake would have been to see Hannity and Chouldary in a MTV death match.