“Exodus: Gods and Kings” star Christian Bale has compared his character, Moses, to “a terrorist,” who would be targeted by drones if he “arrived today, prompting “Fox & Friends” to invite a priest who took issue with Bale’s comparison during Tuesday’s “Fight for Faith” segment.
While Father Jonathan Morris did end up agreeing with Bale’s remarks that the Biblical hero was “seen as a freedom fighter for the Hebrews, but a terrorist, in terms of the Egyptian empire,” Bale’s mention of drones did not sit well with the man of faith.
“It makes it sound like the big bad guys are the ones who use drones, which would of course be the U.S. and the West against terrorists,” Morris said. “I don’t like the comparison.”
When host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Morris if he thinks the actor’s comparison was “fair,” the priest said no, and explained: “He was a freedom fighter, no doubt, but a freedom fighter called by God.”
While religious fervor has been a taproot of the U.S. battle on terrorism, Morris did not go that far, instead taking director Ridley Scott for reportedly calling religion being “the greatest source of evil.”
“I don’t think that they’re going after religion here, and I think there is a lot that could be gotten out of this movie. I love the fact that we’re going back and doing epic biblical films,” Morris said before noting last year’s “Noah” wasn’t “great.”
“What was missing was the spirit of faith,” Morris said.