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Christian victim du jour on FOX and Friends

Reported by Chrish - January 1, 2008 -

Now that Christmas has once again prevailed and Christianity in America retains its strandlehold on retail, FOX needs to find a new way to muster indignation at secularist forces and rally the faithful to the polls. The latest victim to go national is a mom reading the Bible to her kids on a public bus.

In Fort Worth TX Christine Lutz, a Seventh Day Adventist, was reading the Bible to her children on a bus, on their way to church. Luntz appeared in a severely edited video clip and said "she" (the bus driver) asked her to stop reading the Bible, and she (Lutz) said "no. I'm reading the Bible; I'm teaching the kids, and I'm going to continue. And I continued."

Kilmeade said "someone else" got on the bus and told her if she didn't stop reading out loud, she'd be kicked off, and she ultimately was.

The bus company said it wasn't that she was reading the Bible that they took issue with, it's that she violated their "quiet rule." Lutz is claiming persecution; the bus company said policy doesn't allow any loud behavior on the bus.

Kilmeade wondered what would have happened if it had been "Curious George" she had been reading, and went off on an inane "funny" tangent about Methodists that ate up time - which was just as well because they didn't seem to have any other facts: no copy of the company policy, no verification from other passengers, no police report or complaint.

CBS reports that

"Anyone who is loud will be asked to be quiet," said Trinity Railway Express bus service representative Joan Hunter. "That is a standard policy across country in the transit industry."

It doesn't matter what is said, the company has a policy of no loud or abusive behavior.

"It's only if the other passengers will complain, or it's obviously so loud it's distracting the operator, that we will ask them to stop," Hunter explained."

Thr Friends have no information whether anyone complained, and they'll keep us posted "on Christine Luntz." (sic)

No representative from the bus company was quoted or shown on video explaining their position. This liberal would be the first to defend Lutz's right to read the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, or The Joy of Sex to her kids, on a plane, on a train, with green eggs and pink champagne, but this curmudgeon would be the first to applaud the bus driver for asking her to keep her voice down. It will be interesting to see, in the course of keeping us posted, if FOX will keep us apprised when the ACLU defends her (if it comes to that.)

The coverage and sympathies will likely be in stark contrast to the case of the praying Imams, who "frightened" people on a USAir flight.