FOX News hosts claim Jesus was not a refugee

On Tuesday, the hosts of Fox & Friends went after the Reverend Al Sharpton for his tweet about the controversial immigration ban.

"Well, that's not exactly accurate," co-host Steve Doocy claimed on the show.

"Well, according to the Bible, it's really not," agreed Carley Shimkus, who then read tweets claiming that Mary and Joseph were traveling to pay taxes.

"Who gave (Sharpton) his gift certificate to be a reverend?" co-host Brian Kilmeade added.

Though the Bible says in Luke 2 that Jesus' family simply went to Bethlehem to pay taxes, it also says in Matthew 2 that they fled to Egypt to escape the Massacre of the Innocents.

They wanted to protect their child from Herod, who ordered all boys age two and younger to be killed out of fear of a new king -- baby Jesus.

Matthew 2:13 says, "Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.'"

Additionally, the Catholic Church issued an official statement in 2014 claiming they believe Jesus is a refugee.

"We believe that Jesus was a refugee, had to flee to save his life, with Saint Joseph and Mary, had to leave for Egypt," Pope Francis said.

Sharpton later responded to criticism in a video that he posted to Twitter:

"I don't know whether my critics need a Bible or a dictionary," Sharpton said. "Either way, I've got you."

Some people contested whether or not he could truly be considered a "refugee" under today's standards:

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@TheRevAl Your facts are wrong. Joseph & Mary not refugees. They fled Herod's fatwa "Hit Contract" on Jesus. When Herod died, they went home
@TheRevAl Egypt and Judea were both Roman provinces at the time. That's equivalent to moving from state to state in U.S. NOT Syria to U.S.
@TheRevAl Did evil terrorists try and infiltrate Jesus and his refugees to commit atrocities on the innocent? No? Ok shut up then
@TheRevAl You didn't even have to flip pages past the Christmas story. If they had kept reading like they claimed.

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