Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth on Monday said that Michael Moore had been wrong to sarcastically compare U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle to Jesus because “people have different duties and responsibilities in society.”
In a tweet on Saturday, Moore had taken a veiled shot at Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” film with a tweet asking what Jesus would do: “Oh, I know what he’d do — hide on a top of a roof and shoot people in the back!”
Seemingly missing the point of Moore’s tweet, Hegseth felt the need on Monday to offer a serious explanation as to why Kyle was not Jesus.
“Chris Kyle never purported to be Jesus,” Hegseth insisted. “Chris Kyle didn’t serve the same function. I know he served and believed in Jesus.”
“But people have different duties and responsibilities in society,” he continued. “Jesus came to save our souls. Chris Kyle went to save the lives of the men that he was over-watching as a sniper. His job was to save American and friendly lives, Iraqi civilians where possible. And that’s what he did.”
Hegseth also argued that Eastwood had been right to call his film an “antiwar statement.”
“When you talk about the realities of it, it makes it more difficult for folks to want just look at armed conflict right out of the gates,” he remarked. “This reminds people about the all-in costs of conflict, but also holds up the warrior in a way that our nation really should celebrate. Because a guy like Chris Kyle deserves being celebrated.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, broadcast Jan. 26, 2015.