The hosts of Fox & Friends either don’t understand what a refugee is or haven’t read their Bible recently.
On Tuesday, the hosts went after the Reverend Al Sharpton for a tweet that he sent out after the recent controversial immigration and travel ban in which he said, “Before you head to church today, remember to thank God for his son, Jesus a refugee who fled to Egypt.”
“Well, that’s not exactly accurate,” co-host Steve Doocy claimed.
“Well, according to the Bible, it’s really not,” agreed Carley Shimkus, proceeding to read tweets, not scriptures, claiming that Mary and Joseph were traveling to pay taxes.
“Who gave (Sharpton) his gift certificate to be a reverend?” co-host Brian Kilmeade said.
While it’s true that the Gospel of Luke describes how Jesus’ family went to Bethlehem to pay taxes, it’s also true that the Gospel of Matthew describes how they fled to Egypt to escape the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all young boys killed for fear of Jesus.
According to Matthew 2:13, “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.’”
What’s more, the Catholic Church has officially stated that they believe Jesus was a refugee. “We believe that Jesus was a refugee, had to flee to save his life, with Saint Joseph and Mary, had to leave for Egypt,” Pope Francis said in 2014. “He was a refugee.”
Sharpton later clapped back in a Twitter video. “I don’t know whether my critics need a Bible or a dictionary,” Sharpton said. “Either way, I’ve got you.”