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Neil Cavuto Speaks for Jesus -- Says He Would Shop at Wal-Mart

Reported by Melanie - December 14, 2006 -

The first segment on Fox's "premiere business news" program today (December 14, 2006) asked whether or not Jesus would shop at Wal-Mart. Cavuto's guest was Pastor Joe Phelps of the Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky who is the narrator of a new advertisement titled, Search Your Heart. Its release coincides with a letter sent to Wal-Mart's CEO today that was signed by 130 religious leaders representing 1.3 million Americans.

Cavuto opened his show and teased the segment with this:

Why wouldn't Jesus ever shop at Wal-Mart? Well, to hear some religious leaders tell it, because the store mistreats its workers. But does it? And who could speak for Jesus anyhow?

Well, read on because apparently Cavuto himself speaks for Jesus.

After a brief blurb about how the Dow reached another new all-time high today (something Cavuto can't get enough of), Cavuto introduced Phelps with this:

Meanwhile, would Jesus shop at Wal-Mart? An ad campaign launching today right before Christmas to attack the number one retailer in the world. With us now, the Pastor staring in that ad, Joe Phelps. Pastor, ah, this seems pretty rough on Wal-mart.

Phelps:

Well, it's not intended to be rough on Wal-Mart but it is intended to call Wal-Mart to wake up along with the people who shop at Wal-Mart to ask the question: If Wal-Mart's values are anti-family and are not the kind of values we, as people of faith espouse, should we shop there? It's a question everyone needs to ask themselves and, just determine for themselves.

Cavuto's response:

OK. You seem to be saying that Jesus probably wouldn't shop at Wal-Mart but I'm looking at Jesus' writings and I'm saying, well, would Jesus want folks to get a break on paying for goods and save an average of $2,000 a year, as seems to be the case with Wal-Mart shoppers. Would Jesus want to give 1.3 million Americans the chance to be employed, as Wal-Mart apparently does? I think Jesus would be on board with that.

Comment: Can you believe this? It's bad enough that one, Cavuto completely misses the point (intentionally, of course), and two, he takes a side while purporting to be a "fair and balanced" journalist (here is their Code of Ethics), someone who should relay facts and information but not an opinion. Now, stir, shake well and poof - Cavuto's interpreting the Bible for us. Incredible. This is what now passes for "news" in these here United States of America folks.