By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
Editor’s Note: This Story has been updated
It’s not often that Fox News executives disagree with the scatacological nonsense that flies out of the mouths of their hosts. But when Judge Jeanine Pirro made ridiculous Islamophobic comments last week, that’s exactly what they did.
On her show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Pirro made offensive comments about the patriotism of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar because she wore a hijab on her head.
“Omar wears the hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested,” Pirro said March 10. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Fox News Overlords had this to say about Pirro’s comments: “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.” She did have one supporter, however, President Donald Trump was bitching on Twitter about her show being removed for “scheduling issues.” I assume those issues are that she decided to schedule some inappropriate comments about Muslims.
This is also not the first time that Pirro has railed against Muslims. She once said, “We need to kIll them. We need to kill them!” and “I told you, you need to be afraid because they are coming for you!” and “Bomb them! Bomb them! Keep bombing them. Bomb them again and again. I don’t care how long it takes!”
I’m sure this isn’t news to you, you probably knew it already. So, why did I spend the last 236 words telling you again? So I could tell you this: Judge Pirro is coming to town in April to receive an apparently prestigious award from St. Barnabas Health System. The Award is called the Hance Award, named after St. Barabas founder, Gouverneur Provoost Hance.
According to the St. Barnabas website the recipients of the Hance Awards are “men and women who represent the visionary leadership, spiritual, compassionate and innovative spirit of the man who founded St. Barnabas in 1900, Gouverneur Provoost Hance. The Hance Award is presented to a person of national acclaim who exemplifies Hance’s ideals of benevolence, patriotism and service to others.”
In Pirro’s case, however, that has to mean “others” who aren’t Muslims. Scanning over the list of past recipients most, with few exceptions, are all right wing Superstars and gadflys: Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle, Dr. Norman Vincent Peele, Rev. Robert Schuller, Charlton Heston, Barbara Bush, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.
The event is April 24 in Cranberry Township and you can get a ticket for somewhere in the $295-475 range. Or you could do this.
Let the folks at St. Barnabas know how you feel about a loud mouth Islamophobe coming to town to be feted with an award and told how awesome she is. You can get them at 724-443-0700. Then, you can hit up some of their sponsors to let them know how you feel:
Cookson Peirce Wealth Management (412-471-5320), UPMC Health Plan (844-220-4785), TriState Capital (412-304-0304), Trib Total Media (1-800-909-8742), Fort Pitt Capital Group (412-921-1822), Dollar Bank (1-800-242-2265), Arnett/Carbis and Toothman (412-635-6270), Alera Group (412-430-3070) and Leech Tishman (412-261-1600).
Maybe you don’t mind if they give Pirro an award. But if you do, my suggestion is: Call them! Call them! Keep calling them. Call them again and again. I don’t care how long it takes.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m.)
Following the Pittsburgh Current’s revelation that Pirro was being honored by St. Barnabas, the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following press release:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/19/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on St. Barnabas Health System in Pennsylvania to drop Islamophobic Fox News host Jeanine Pirro as a speaker at an April event.
Pirro is to be honored with an award at the health care provider’s “Founder’s Day” celebration on April 25 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North.
SEE: 2019 Hance Awardee and Guest Speaker
On Heels of Anti-Muslim Comments, Jeanine Pirro to Be Honored Here in April By St. Barnabas
“An individual who promotes bigotry targeting a religious minority should not be honored or given a platform by any credible organization, let alone one that serves the health care needs of a diverse public,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that Pirro has a long history of anti-Muslim bigotry.
SEE: Jeanine Pirro’s History of Anti-Muslim Attacks
Earlier this week, CAIR called on all advertisers to withdraw their ads from Fox News after that network apparently pulled the “Justice With Judge Jeanine” program following the host’s rhetorical attack on a Muslim congresswoman.
SEE: CAIR Urges All Advertisers to Withdraw Ads After Islamophobic Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro’s Show Dropped
American Muslim Group Calls for Advertisers to Drop Fox News Unless Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson Are Fired