Media reports are suggesting that Fox News contributor Erik Rush was trying to be funny when he tweeted that all the Muslims in the world deserve to be killed.
I think it goes without saying how offensive and anything-but-funny this statement is.
Rush was referring to the unconfirmed New York Post news report revealing that a Saudi had been held in custody as a suspect for the Boston Bombings (the city’s police commissioner later denied the report saying no one has been held yet).
The Fox News contributor tweeted:
Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let's bring more Saudis in without screening them! C'mon! #bostonmarathon— Erik Rush (@erikrush) April 15, 2013
This post generated fury, especially (and obviously) mostly among the Muslim Twitter users. When Rush was criticized by some people he went on retweeting their stuff without apologizing for what he had said.
According to Erik Rush, it was sarcasm and people misinterpreted it. But one doesn’t actually want to believe this excuse because shortly after his first tweet (posted above) Rush again said something which was really awful and was bound to receive a strong backlash from the targeted community.
It appears Erik Rush has deleted the provocative post but Right Wing Watch managed to get a screen grab:
As of now, the news anchor has not shown any signs of regret for his pathetic “sarcasm”. In fact he is busy in waging an online battle with the people who are posting abusive language on his Twitter account. He even attacked people who were criticizing him by posting the following tweets:
And they're foul-mouthed Islamist apologists, too... I wonder if there's a correlation.— Erik Rush (@erikrush) April 15, 2013
Gotta love the Islamist apologist sphincters coming unglued at speculation that #bostonmarathon bombing might have been Islamists..— Erik Rush (@erikrush) April 15, 2013
Sarcasm or not, this was certainly not the right time or the right thing to say amid such tension and chaos. Muslims all over the world are already hoping and praying that they would not have to go through the same phase as they did post- 9/11. To post such provocative material online at a time like this is downright condemnable and offensive!
Anti-Muslim rhetoric is common after explosions and bombings, especially the ones that strike the Western countries. It is something that is expected to follow such unfortunate events. But one should not forget that terrorism doesn’t follow any religion or faith. Terrorists are worshippers of hatred and violence. Cases of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 2012 Aurora massacre are proof of the fact that terrorism has no face, age, religion etc.