Pat Robertson Kicks Off Islamophobic Reactions to Germanwings Plane Crash
Televangelist Pat Robertson wasted no time unleashing the Islamophobia in the wake of the French prosecutor's announcement that the co-pilot intentionally destroyed the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps Tuesday killing all on board. He must have been a Muslim, Robertson supposed, based on absolutely nothing.
“What a terrible tragedy,” Robertson said. “Was that co-pilot a Muslim? Was he suicidal? What was it about him?”
The co-pilot was 27-year-old Andreas Lubiitz, a German citizen with no known ties to any terrorist organization or religious affiliation. French prosecutors concluded on Thursday that Lubitz had deliberately locked the pilot out of the cockpit, and crashed the plane into the French Alps. The motivation for this murderous suicide mission that killed 150 people is unknown.
Later Robertson did say that maybe Lubitz was just psychotic.
That seemed to jibe a little better with what French prosecutor Brice Robin seemed to think. Robin told reporters that he did not know Lubitz’s religion or ethnicity, but said, “I don’t think that’s where the answer to this lies.”
The airline has attested to the fact that Lubitz was deemed 100 percent flightworthy in advance of the doomed flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, according to the New York Times.