FLASHBACK: PBS’s Tavis Smiley Sneered That Christians Slaughter People ‘Every Day’

The media tried to link conservatives and Republicans with a racist gunman accused of killing ten African Americans in Buffalo (New York) over the past week. Journalists do this all the time, it is not just about politics. It was 12 years ago next week that PBS insisted that Christians are slaughtering people “every day.”

Host Tavis Smiley, who hadn’t yet been forced out of the network in disgrace, talked to author Ayaan Hirsi Ali about the threat of radical Islam. He got defensive about the whole subject, bringing up “Christians” like Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh: 

 

 

Here’s the exchange: 

Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, talking about radical Muslims: “Somehow, the idea got into their minds that to kill other people is a great thing to do and that they would be rewarded in the hereafter.”
Host Tavis Smiley: “But Christians do that every single day in this country.”
Ali: “Do they blow people up every day?”
Smiley: “Yes. Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine is — I could do this all day long….There are folk in the Tea Party, for example, every day who are being recently arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people ‘nigger’ as they walk into Capitol Hill, for spitting on people. That’s within the political — that’s within the body politic of this country.”
— PBS’s Tavis SmileyApril 25, 2010, p.

Smiley’s utter misunderstanding about Dyland Klebold and Eric Harris is not surprising. These men were not Christians, and mocked Christianity openly. 

Unrelated, Smiley was suspended indefinitely from PBS 2017 following sexual misconduct accusations. According to PBS 

Sources said that the investigation revealed credible allegations against Smiley of having had sexual relations with several subordinates. Witnesses interviewed raised concerns about the possibility that they were in a relationship with Smiley. According to witnesses, Smiley created a hostile and dangerous environment which was beyond the norm in high-pressure jobs. Many expressed concern about the possibility of retaliation.

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