Fox News radio host and TV contributor Todd Starnes made headlines this week when he compared Americans who oppose the Confederate flag to Islamic State group terrorists.
On June 20 at the Christian-based Faith and Freedom Conference, Starnes called on God to send various insects to attack Americans, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Defense Department and the president of the United States, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
Starnes complained the American way of life and people of the Christian faith were under attack in America.
Starnes recalled the Book of Exodus in the Bible and how God sent a "swarm of hornets" to help the Israelites "clear the battlefield" against their enemies, which the Fox News personality said "should be the battle prayer of every patriot saint.”
Starnes then prayed for similar insect attacks against Americans:
"When the public schools tell students that our Founding Fathers were a bunch of terrorists: Send the hornets, Lord! Clear the field! When a teacher tells a little boy he can’t pray over his meal: Send the hornets, Lord! Clear that field! When the Pentagon tells them to take down a cross on a Christian chapel: Send those hornets! Clear the field! When the Supreme Court says they know better than God: Send the hornets, Lord! Clear the field!
"And, when a president says that America is no longer just a Christian nation: Don’t send the hornets, Lord. Send the mosquitoes and the gnats, and the bumblebees and the lightning bugs and the cicadas! Send every critter you got, Lord! Clear the field!”
Starnes complained once again on FoxNews.com about how tributes to Confederate soldiers and the Confederate flag are being opposed:
"In recent days, monuments and memorials have been destroyed or desecrated, works of art threatened with censorship and those who dare affirm Southern heritage are labeled racists.
"What a troubling time in America.
"I am a native son of Tennessee. My forefathers fought in the Civil War. One of my great, great, great grandfathers was killed at Reams Station, Virginia. Another was killed defending Richmond. Many others fought and died for the Confederacy. My people did not own slaves. They were farmers."
Starnes failed to mention that the Confederate flag has a clear, undeniable history of symbolizing the Confederate army's fight for the enslavement of black people in the 1800s, and segregationists who promoted racism against blacks in the 1900s, noted CNN, The Week and The Atlantic.