Red Churches and Blue Churches & Justice Sunday
Reported by Donna - April 25, 2005
Justice Sunday, a grouping of conservative and Evangelicals, came together on Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky, to demand an end to filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominations. Studio B with Shepard Smith covered the story alongside Fox reporter Steve Brown.
Brown said it used to be Red States and Blue States but now it seemed to be a case of Red Churches and Blue Churches.
Brown stated that the conservatives and Evangelicals came together in a brand new, 6000 seat Baptist Church in a satelite televised production to demand an end to filibusters. Also featured was a 6 1/2 minute tape from Senator Bill Frist. Brown was quick to point out that in his tape, Frist did 'not' mention God, prayers or church, but he did mention 'values', though only once.
During the broadcast names and telephone numbers of over a dozen Senators, both Democrat and Republican, who are against changing the filibuster were given out. (Fox didn't elaborate as to how many were Democrats and how many were Republicans and exactly who they were)
Brown said there was a counter protest from a Presbyterian Church in downtown Louisville, showed a banner reading 'Freedom & Faith' and spoke to one speaker, who they never identified.
This speaker said it was "innappropriate for a political leader to become involved in a religious world (last word garbled, hard to hear)." The speaker went on to say that the religious right was declaring religious war on those who don't share 'all' of their political agenda. The speaker also added that God was neither a Democrat nor a Republican.
Brown ended his report by saying that 'some of God's children' just will not 'turn the other cheek' on the subject of Senate filibusters and the President's judicial nominations.
Comment: So, now, Fox has come up with a new term - Blue Churches and Red Churches. They were quick to come to Bill Frist's defense on his 6 1/2 minute video, but what exactly 'did' Bill Frist say for 6 1/2 minutes, that's a long time to speak? It also would have been nice to identify the speaker for the Presbyterian Church who spoke with such eloquency.
Yes, they did call this grouping 'Justice Sunday'. Also, isn't a 6000 seat Baptist Church a 'huge' church? Guess the economic crunch hasn't hit the Churches yet, at least not this one.