Fox News radio host and TV contributor Todd Starnes recently compared Americans who oppose the Confederate flag to Islamic State group militants, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
Starnes began his tirade (video below) with outrage over Warner Bros.' recent announcement that the controversial flag -- which many people, including prominent lawmakers of both parties, have deemed a symbol of racism -- would be removed from the General Lee car that appeared in the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show as well as merchandise associated with the show.
Starnes also lamented, "Meanwhile lawmakers are debating whether to remove state flags and rename schools and parks and streets named after Confederate war heroes."
Starnes, a self-identified Christian, failed to mention that one of the principles those "war heroes" fought for during the Civil War was the right of white people to enslave black people.
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Starnes predicted that those who oppose the Confederate flag will want to burn movies such as "Gone with the Wind" and "Forrest Gump," as well as books like "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn."
Starnes then added:
"Oh, Stalin and Lenin would be bursting with pride.
"You know who else has been doing some cultural cleansing these days? These guys: The Islamic State — bulldozing their way through history — turning Iraq's heritage into rubble."
Starnes made no mention of the U.S. turning Iraq into rubble during its invasion and occupation.
He later predicted opponents of the Confederate flag would go after the American flag next.
Although Starnes called the opposition to Confederate flags "the left's cultural crusade," he failed to note that many Republicans have also advocated for the flag to be removed from statehouses and state capitol grounds. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, for one, as well as 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also released a statement on Saturday, saying: "My position on how to address the Confederate flag is clear. In Florida we acted, moving the flag from the state grounds to a museum where it belonged."
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama had the flag removed from the state's capitol grounds as well.
Starnes appeared to advocate some cultural cleansing of his own in 2014 when he announced he would not be buying Girl Scout cookies. His boycott was based upon bogus reports of the scouting group funding Planned Parenthood, noted RightWingWatch.org.
Another defender of the Confederate flag is actor Ben Jones, who appeared on the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show.
Jones owns three stores in the South that sell Confederate flag merchandise.
Jones claimed on Facebook that the flag was under attack by a "wave of political correctness," reported The Associated Press.