Sandy Rios must have been visibly upset when her two co-hosts, Wendy Wright and Chelsen Vicari, managed to significantly out-crazy her on her own show.
Specifically, Wright and Vicari attacked The Daily Show's Jon Stewart for hypothetically discriminating against Christians.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. Hypothetically. As in for something that never happened but which they believe could and therefore decided to tear into him in advance.
The buildup began with Wright, who was upset about a Daily Show segment from 2005 that poked fun of the "Christian persecution complex" (examples of which been ridiculed several times over by this column as well). Noting Christianity's ascendency in the West following the conversion of Constantine I, Wright said she couldn’t understand why Stewart thinks "we are in charge and we are the oppressors."
Wright referring to the Crusades as an instance in which Christians faced persecution: "I guess he never heard of the Crusades; the Crusades were actually defensive against the Muslim hordes."
Again, you are reading that correctly: Wright cited the Crusades as an example of anti-Christian persecution.
But as crazy as that was, Vicari managed to one-up her with the aforementioned attack on the hypothetical. Vicari was upset because, she imagined that while Stewart and President Obama lauded Malala Yousafzai (whom Stewart recently interviewed), they wouldn’t have done so if she was shot while defending the rights of Christians.
"I thought, you know if Malala Yousafzai was a Christian standing up for girls' rights to believe in Jesus Christ, would we still know her name? Would she receive all this praise that she's getting from the international community? From our national leaders? The president just invited her to the White House on Friday. Would Jon Stewart have had her on his show? The answer is probably not and I have to ask the question, why that is?"
Back in reality, the answer is unknown. Stewart has not interviewed a girl who survived a shooting over her defense of Christians’ freedom of religion because no such girl is known of yet.
But because Stewart has not done what he is not yet able to do, Vicari now insists that Stewart has discriminated against Christians.