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It’s been 16 years since the 9/11 attacks, so naturally, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade used the solemn occasion to ask an important question: Are 9/11 memorials basically the same thing as statues commemorating the Confederacy?

“Do you worry that, 100 years from now, someone’s going to try to take that memorial down, like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Monday morning.

Evidently not one to let a terrible question just sit there unanswered, Zinke took the bait, insisting that, actually, what the United States really needs is statues of Jesus [emphasis mine]:

Well, I’m one that believes that we should learn from history. I think our monuments are part of our country’s history. We can learn from it. Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone’s gonna fall morally short. And I think reflecting on our history—both good and bad—is a powerful statement, and part of our DNA.

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Ah yes, if only we had more statues of Jesus. That would definitely solve everything.

“We live in a great country,” Zinke continued. “Monuments are not Republican, Democrat, Independent. The monuments are a tribute to all of us.”

9/11 memorials honor people killed in a terrorist attack. Confederate memorials honor people who insisted it was worth fighting and dying for the right to own other human beings as property.

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But, hey, same diff, right?

Watch the full exchange below.