Steve Bannon’s Words from 2010

Steve Bannon, former executive of Breitbart, a far-right news organization, was recently appointed as Donald Trump’s chief strategist. In light of this appointment, CNN recovered an audio clip from 2010, when Bannon appeared on a right-wing radio station “Western Word Radio with Avi Davis.” In the clip, Bannon mocks words said by then-president George Bush when he claimed that Islam is a religion of peace. Bannon claimed that “Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submission.” These remarks shed very telling light on Bannon’s opinion of Islam, which is particularly noteworthy given the key role he played in Trump’s order to ban Muslims from the United States. It also plays into the discussion we had this week about religious viewpoints and stances. It would appear that Bannon, for instance, views his belief system as the one true way to salvation, as he readily and openly derides Muslim belief systems on live radio. Bannon would likely hold a Sectarian view on religiosity. Having someone this zealous and narrow-minded as a major political figure is a disconcerting and worrisome example of how much religiosity can influence life and social structures.