Fox News host Sean Hannity confronted radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary after the latter said that the Charlie Hebdo staffers deserved to die.
Choudary wrote an incindary piece that was published by USA Today in which he wondered: “Why did France allow the tabloid to provoke Muslims?”
Three gunmen shot dozens of people at the magazine on Wednesday, killing 12. The attack was believed to be sparked by the latest round of satire aimed at Muslims from the magazine.
“Although Muslims may not agree about the idea of freedom of expression, even non-Muslims who espouse it say it comes with responsibilities. In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” Choudary wrote in the piece, which has widely circulated since being published.
“The truth is that Western governments are content to sacrifice liberties and freedoms when being complicit to torture and rendition — or when restricting the freedom of movement of Muslims, under the guise of protecting national security. So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine Charlie Hebdo to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?
“It is time that the sanctity of a Prophet revered by up to one-quarter of the world’s population was protected.”
Hannity later had Choudary on his program to confront him for his views.
“You’re saying you do not believe in freedom of speech, you don’t believe in freedom of expression, you believe in Islamic fascism, that people must abide by your laws,” Hannity asked.
“So you’re saying anything offensive about the prophet Muhammad should be illegal and it should be worldwide? Every country should adopt that, and it’s convert or die? It’s either you agree with us or we will go into your newspaper and we will slaughter you, we will put a fatwa out on you?”
Choudary said that he believes Sharia Law, a system of laws based on interpretations of Islam, should be everywhere. The law includes having woman covering up in public, and actions such as adultery triggering a death penalty.
“I still think you’re evil, but I really want people to hear you,” Hannity concluded.