- The Washington Times - Friday, August 20, 2021

Hollywood director Michael Moore says he is reminded of “a lot of Southern Baptists” when he thinks of the Taliban.

Mr. Moore talked with Variety this week about numerous issues when the subject veered into President Biden’s handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos.

Mr. Moore accused the press of unfairly warping coverage of the Democrat while likening populations of Baptists to the Islamic fundamentalists now in control of Kabul.

“Ninety-five percent of people agree with what Biden did this week, but if you listen to the reporters in the White House press room, you realize that 95% of them seem to be opposed to it,” the director said Thursday. “I am so pleased with Biden.”

He then equated fighters who enforce Islamic law with lethal force to American Christians in the South.

“They’re religious nuts, but we’ve got those here, too,” Mr. Moore said. “But they said yesterday in their press conference that girls’ schools are going to remain open. OK. We’ll see. They also said they are going to operate under Islamic law. That’s exactly how a lot of Southern Baptists want it to be here, too. In a lot of parts of the country, we are following dictates of conservative Christians. It’s wrong there and it’s wrong here.”

The director’s comments echo commentary by liberal celebrity Stephen Colbert, who likened “radicals” in Kabul to former President Trump’s supporters who rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

“Why should our soldiers be fighting radicals in a civil war in Afghanistan?” Mr. Colbert asked Monday while showing his “Late Show” audience an image from the day of the riot. “We’ve got our own on Capitol Hill.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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