A conservative online journalist has raised thousands of dollars online to send anti-fracking activist Josh Fox to Afghanistan trip so he can hug it out with ISIS terrorists.
Online journalist Phelim McAleer announced Tuesday that his online petition – Send Josh Fox To Hug ISIS – had pooled together $3,753 to finance Fox’s trip to Afghanistan. It took McAleer less than two months to reach his goal, which was initially set for $2,500.
Fox came out with “an extraordinary claim that giving love to the Islamic State instead of sending bombs is a much better approach,” McAleer wrote in the petition, referring to a series of comments from Fox earlier this year lamenting the way the U.S. handles Islamic terrorists.
“Atrocity. Murder. Abomination. When will we learn that only #love stops hate, and bombings only create more #ISIS? #moab #stoptrump,” Fox wrote in an April 13 tweet. He doubled down on his calls for President Donald Trump to take a softer, gentler approach toward confronting ISIS.
“Love your enemy. Don’t create more of them. Teachers, diplomacy, culture and aid helps peace. Bombs don’t. #MOAB #murder #NoMoreWars,” he added in a follow-up tweet later that day. The term MOAB is a military acronym for “Mother Of All Bombs” – Trump dropped a MOAB earlier this year on the Islamic State targets in Afghanistan.
There are several journalists and conservative activists who want to take up Fox on his wish to embrace terrorists, McAller wrote in the petition.
“Fox has shown no indication of principles or spine in the past,” he wrote. “He has literally run away from journalists asking tough questions, stormed out of interviews that didn’t pat him on the back, and, most notably, lied about a connection between breast cancer and fracking.”
Fox has not responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about the petition. McAleer, for his part, reached out to Fox for a response to the campaign, but got no reply, so those who joined the conservative journalist decided to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Critics claim the Oscar-award winner’s documentary films are factually inaccurate and distort information about hydraulic fracturing.
Fox’s 2010 “Gasland” film is largely credited with sparking the anti-fracking movement, and paints so-called fracking as a dangerous drilling technique that contaminates drinking water. The film has also spearheaded local and state legislative campaigns to ban drilling for natural gas.
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