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Fox & Friends Validate Creationist Dad Upset With Biology Book – Nuff Said!!!

Reported by Priscilla - April 8, 2010 -

Fox & Friends is the go to show for persecuted Christians. As such, it’s not surprising that they would provide a platform for a persecuted, Christian creationist. This morning they hosted a dad from Tennessee, the state that gave us the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” who is upset that his son’s science textbook refers to creationism as a biblical myth. If the book isn’t fixed to his liking, he wants it banned. While the reality based community would say, d’uhhh, in response to citing the non scientific Genesis story as a myth, the gang at Fox & Friends took it very seriously. The Fox & Friends coverage of the “Texas Textbook War,” was, clearly, tilted towards the side of whitewashed (literally!!!) and revisionist history. That they would give any credibility to creationism would indicate that they’re anti-science, too. Lest there be any doubt about to whom and for whom Fox & Friends is pushing their propaganda…

Gretchen Carlson, showing some tanned and toned “gams,” introduced the segment about a high school book “at the center of a controversy because” (she looked intensely into the camera) “it describes creationism” (she enunciated the following very slowly) “as a biblical myth.” She tossed to Brian Kilmeade who reported that a parent is demanding that the Knoxville school board ban the book. Brian (looking very serious) then asked Kurt Zimmerman, “what alerted you to this where you thought I gotta take action.” The chyron: “Parent Fights To Ban Book, Claims Bias Against Christianity.” Zimmerman, a Sunday school teacher, said that his son, who was offended, brought this blasphemous tome to his attention. His son felt it wasn’t necessary to discuss this in a high school biology text. He described the process that he is going through to challenge the book. Previously, the school board approved the book but allowed Zimmerman to appeal the decision. At last night’s school board meeting, the issue was “tabled for another 30 days.” Former Miss America and good Christian Gretchen Carlson, looking super intense, said that “it’s one thing to take religion out of the schools; but to be offensive to a religion, that’s your problem with this statement, to call creationism a myth.” The chyron, under the book’s quote, “Creationism: the biblical myth that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in 7 Days,” read “Bias Against Christianity? School Text, Creationism Is A Myth.” Zimmerman said that they could “modify the book or fix that statement.” (Right, a major publishing house would go to the time and expense of “fixing” a statement because a fundamentalist Christian objects to it. I don’t think so). He added that since he brought this up, lots of other parents have come forth with objections to other things in the book that are “technically inaccurate.” Kilmeade did the Fox “reach around” (response to guest’s comments which allow guest to reinforce the message) when he read the quote (emphasizing "myth") from the book, in case “somebody wasn’t looking at the screen,” and said “when you read that you said forget it, I gotta do something about it.” When Zimmerman said that “he did this for the kids,” Carlson shook her pretty head in obvious disgust about how evil, librul textbook publishers hate Christianity. Kilmeade validated Zimmerman’s point when he said “you’re taking action and that’s a great example for your kid.” Zimmerman reiterated that “it’s not about me.” (Yeah, right). Gretchen said that “it sounds like a lot of work” and told Zimmerman to keep them posted.

Comment: If the morning jokers had any pretense toward objectivity, they could have mentioned that the book is in an advanced placement class and the textbook committee said that the book was appropriate. They could have mentioned that a student and a parent assisted with the book review. They could have mentioned that one of the reviewers wrote "that in context, the word myth was appropriately used to ‘describe a traditional or legendary story with or without a natural explanation’."They could have interviewed the woman who, at last night’s meeting, said that “It's not just about this one word, but about the greater issue of censorship and setting that precedence for intellectual freedom." Lordy, I went to a Catholic high school and one of my history assignments (from a progressive nun who must have been a Marxist) was to compare the Egyptian, Greek, and Hebrew creation “myths.” We were taught that the Genesis story was a way for the Hebrew people to understand the how’s and why’s of their existence and that it’s being a myth, in no way challenged the idea of God is the “prime mover.” But does Gretchen Carlson, a Stanford grad, actually think that biology books should be changed to accommodate Christian creationism? Would she be as concerned about a book that cited Hindu or native American creation myths? Does she think that public schools should discard science and include fundamentalist Christian beliefs as “alternatives?” Really? If so, then she does need to answer Jon Stewart’s question of why Gretchen has checked her IQ at the door!