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Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Has Another Cross To Bear

Reported by Priscilla - May 5, 2010 -

Fox & Friends takes up the Christian cross for persecuted Christians – and persecuted Christian crosses. There’s no cross story too insignificant for Fox & Friends, the show which provides sanctuary for persecuted Christians and their persecuted crosses. This morning, Fox & Friends did a “news” story about how the evil, librul separation of church and state crowd is objecting to the placement of a Christian cross outside a Charleston, SC firehouse. Once again, the idea of the separation of church and state is an alien concept on America’s morning Christian fellowship show otherwise known as Fox & Friends - where the “old, rugged cross” always has a special place and any opposition from groups like the ACLU or the Freedom From Religion Foundation is downright un-American and a one way ticket to the Lake of Fire!!!!

Former weather guy and good Christian Steve Doocy provided the back story of how the Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened to sue the city of Charleston if the cross isn’t removed from the firehouse. He didn’t note that this stems from a dispute, last December, over the firehouse having to put up secular decorations as part of a Christmas display that, originally,only included a Nativity scene. The cross had been part of the annual Christmas display for five years. Each year it was removed after Christmas; but this year it remained. At that point, it became the memorial for fire fighters killed in 2007. That’s when the group threatened to sue because the cross, on public land, “endorses a specific religion.” (For Fox & Friends the only religion that matters!)

Doocy then interviewed the father of one of the deceased firefighters. Michael Mulkey said the cross goes back 15 – 20 years. He noted that the station has always had a Nativity scene. Chyron – “Church And State Separation? Group threatened to sue Charleston Over Cross.” He claimed, despite evidence to the contrary, that the cross was “always there.” He then blamed some “retired Navy guy” for having contacted the Freedom From Religion group about the Nativity scene. The chyrons picked up on the “battle” metaphor so popular with the Christian warrior crowd: “Fire Station Cross Fight, Group Says Memorial Defies US Constitution” and “Memorial Cross Confrontation, Group Has Set May 14th For Charleston.” He said that the city was told to “get rid of the Christmas scene” (Wrong – they were told to add secular decorations - which was done) at which point the cross was “put down” temporarily and then put back up with the Hanukkah and symbols of other religions (in addition to a snowman) in order to “thumb their noses” at the group which complained. The cross remained, according to Mulkey, as a memorial to the deaths of the firefighters in 2007. The message of the chyron supported the firefighters: “Remembering the Fallen, Memorial Cross Sits Outside A Fire Station.” When Mulkey said that the cross was a way for the men to grieve, Doocy provided his support with “that’s why the cross is so important.” He then referenced the Freedom From Religion group who are “ramping up efforts” to get the city to remove the cross. He then read a quote, from the group, about how they are getting ready to take action for the removal of the cross. (Doocy didn’t cite anything related to the Constitutionality of the issue). He told Mulkey, “you sir, I imagine, are going to do everything in your power to make sure it stays." Mulkey said that he wished he were living 150 years ago because “they dishonored my son, me, and firefighters and I think a slap across the face and a call out to a field of honor would probably do very well." (Too bad for Mulkey that we have laws dealing duels and vigilante “justice.”) He accused the FFR of “hiding behind their paper” and misrepresenting the Constitution. Doocy said “yeah,” As Mulkey said that “the Constitution says basically we will not have a religion that we’ll support, that’s it,” Doocy nodded his head in agreement, said “sure,” and “that’s exactly right as many do feel it.”

Comment: If Doocy had read the article in “Firefighter Nation,” he might have asked why the cross, which had been taken down after Christmas for the last five years, was now remaining as a memorial, for those who died in 2007. I guess that wouldn’t fit the persecuted Christian cross narrative. While I sympathize with Mulkey over the death of his son, it’s clear he’s not a Constitutional scholar – and neither is Doocy who provided absolutely no rebuttal to Mulkey’s contention that this isn’t a valid First Amendment issue. One assumes that there are Jews and other non Christians in Charleston. Thus, the presence of a publicly funded Christian cross, on the grounds of a public service facility, would seem exclusionary and “supportive” of a major religion. But as I said, Fox & Friends doesn’t seem to care about those who don’t follow the Christian cross which the Fox & Friends “cherish” for the “crown” of ratings? (Hey, if Juan Williams can accuse a Catholic Cardinal of supporting immigrants rights to get asses in pews, why can’t I be cynical, too!)