Conservative Review TV host Steve Deace recently stormed out of an interview after another guest made an appropriate comparison between Christians who try to inject religion into the American government and Muslims who do the same in the Middle East.
Deace, who said earlier this year that members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus wanted to “kill God,” appeared to be most triggered by the phrase “Christian sharia,” which SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah used to describe Christian lawmakers in the U.S. who want their faith to guide the country’s policies.
Specifically, Obeidallah mentioned Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum as examples of religious figures promoting their Christian beliefs through politics.
[Obeidallah] said the stakes are high now regarding the upcoming SCOTUS battle, arguing, “There are people on the right who want to impose Christian sharia law in this country… They want to turn the Bible into the law of this land.”
He called out Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum for comments they and others have made “who want to turn America into the Christian version of Saudi Arabia”
When the conversation came back to Deace, he called out anchor Carol Costello for not pushing back on Obeidallah’s claim of “Christian sharia.”
“That’s just a preposterous statement,” he said. “I can play this game too… We can go back and forth with our quips and our trolls, nothing gets accomplished.”
It’s important to note that this isn’t a quip or trolling. This is a legitimate point about the presence of conservative Christianity in American politics. There are a lot of officials in this country who truly believe it should be run in the name of their God, just as in the Middle East. It’s not a hypothetical. It’s happening.
Deace couldn’t refute that point — maybe because it’s true — so he did the next best thing: he walked out.
It’s really the perfect response for a conservative like Deace. What better way to show you’re more reasonable than the other guy than ignoring everything he says, then storming out like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum?