Fox News’ Tucker Carlson criticized the Biden administration for not speaking out against Volodymyr Zelensky’s attacks on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church this week.
“Over the past two years, Zelenskyy has banned opposition parties,” Carlson said. “He’s shut down critical media by force. He’s arrested his political opponents. He has sent soldiers into churches.”
“Zelenskyy’s secret police have raided monasteries across Ukraine, even a convent full of nuns, and arrested dozens of priests for no justifiable reason whatsoever and in clear violation of the Ukrainian constitution, which no longer matters,” Carlson said.
The Fox News host continued, “And in the face of this, the Biden administration has said nothing. Not one word. Instead, they just continue to push to send Zelenskyy more tax dollars. So naturally, Zelenskyy has become much bolder. Why wouldn’t he?”
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“Last week, he announced his plan to ban an entire religion, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and to seize its property, all for being insufficiently loyal to his regime,” Carlson noted. “And he said it out loud. Watch this.”
Carlson then played footage of Zelensky talking about the ban on Orthodox Christianity, which the TV host described thusly: “Personal economic and restrictive sanctions will be applied to any Christian caught worshiping in unapproved ways.”
“You’re not allowed to send soldiers into churches,” Carlson added. “You’re not allowed to arrest dozens of priests because they refuse to bow before you. You’re not allowed to ban whole religions.”
Carlson noted, “So most of the US media, most have just ignored this. Some have made excuses for it. ‘Oh, he has to do this because there is a war.’ But there’s no justification for this whatsoever. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not Russian, it’s Ukrainian.”
“It has no connection to the Putin government,” he continued. “It has, in fact, officially denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine. So once again, there is no justification for destroying and banning this church. And yet Zelenskyy’s many celebrity backers in the West have said nothing about it, and they should know better.”
This news and commentary by Gabriel Keane originally appeared on Valiant News.