- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2016

The band that survived the horrific Paris terrorist attack at the Bataclan theater last year, the Eagles of Death Metal, has been disinvited from two French music festivals over frontman Jesse Hughes‘ recent comments about Muslims.

The California-based band was scheduled to play Le Festival Cabaret Vert, in Charleville-Mézières, on Aug. 25, and Rock en Seine, just west of Paris, a few days later, The Daily Beast reported.

“Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes‘ recent allegations given in an [interview] with an American media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance,” the festivals announced Friday. “We thank you for your understanding.”

In an interview last week with Taki’s Magazine, Mr. Hughes accused Muslims of “celebrating in the street” during the coordinated attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.

“I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination,” Mr. Hughes said.

He also blamed political correctness for making people more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

“There were two girls who were involved. They were at the venue and vanished before the shooting, and these women were in traditional Muslim garb. They knew people wouldn’t check them because of the way they were dressed. They got caught a few days later,” Mr. Hughes said. “Look at the guys who bombed Brussels. They were wearing black gloves on one hand. Their luggage was too heavy to lift, but they didn’t want anyone helping them with it. Nobody brought any of this up until after the bombs went off.”

“How is a faith being associated with racism?” he asked. “Just take out the word ‘Islam’ and replace it with ‘communism.’ It’s an ideology. The same way the Rosenbergs could sell nuclear secrets from within America is the same way Muslim terrorists can attack us from within. It’s OK to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age.”

Mr. Hughes doubled down on comments he’s previously apologized for, accusing security guards at the Bataclan theater where 89 people were killed of helping coordinate the attacks. Asked if he thought a percentage of the security staff were Muslim, he told Taki’s, “I know they were.”

Taki’s described Mr. Hughes as “pro-gun, pro-Trump, and pro-life.” He’s also reportedly a minister ordained by the Universal Life Church. He credited his survival of the Nov. 13 attacks with growing up around guns and trusting in God.

“I knew what gunfire was. I was able to think through it,” Mr. Hughes said. “I was also able to remember practical lessons of my life because I had to be in fights as a kid. My mom didn’t go sue anyone. I didn’t have play dates. I had some practical upbringing growing up in the desert where you got to get yourself out of your problems. Also, the reason I’ve done well with this healing process is everything I was raised to believe was affirmed that night. In a way, that’s a blessing of God.”

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