America needs a coherent strategy to deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Phil Robertson, that Duck Dynasty dad, makes guns, so maybe he has some ideas. Well, yes, he does, and basically they boil down to America being more like ISIS, only, you know, Christian.
Robertson told Fox's resident Grecian Formula expert, Sean Hannity, last night that there's a certain symmetrical beauty to the "convert them or kill them" approach, seeking to make the Muslim militants either Jesus-lovers or worm-feeders:
"In this case, you either have to convert them — which I think would be next to impossible," Robertson said. "I'm not giving up on them, but I'm just saying either convert them or kill them. One or the other."
Host Sean Hannity predicted the media would jump on that comment.
"I'd much rather have a Bible study with all of them and show them the error of their ways and point them to Jesus Christ ... however, if it's a gunfight and a gunfight alone, if that's what they're looking for, I'm personally ready for either one," Robertson later added.
It so happens that convert-or-die was the same ultimatum ISIS militants gave to Iraqi Christians after taking control of Mosul.
In fairness to Robertson, the comparison of his zealotry to ISIS's isn't entirely symmetrical: ISIS, after all, does kill Muslims. A lot of them.
Then again, ISIS insists that those Muslims prove by their behavior that they aren't really Muslims, much the same way that Robertson might assume a gay person can't really be a Christian... and might deserve death.
But on the other hand, "convert them or kill them" seems to have worked for Robertson's family: