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Andrea Tantaros' Hypocrisy Re Gov. Perry's Prayer Rally

Reported by Priscilla - July 19, 2011 -

Last week, "The Five" discussed Rick Perry's upcoming prayer rally. Not surprisingly, the conservatives in the group saw nothing wrong with taxpayer dollars being spent on promoting a rally that will be exclusively conservative Christian. Not surprisingly, none of the conservatives brought up the hateful views of those who are endorsing the rally. And not surprisingly, Andrea Tantaros, in her advocacy for this rally vs. her past condemnation of Nancy Pelosi's "exploitation" of religion, demonstrated the hypocrisy of today's religious conservatives who think that "God" is on their side

Tantaros reported that GOP Governor Perry is helping to organize a rally "to pray for our nation." She, of course, didn't mention the far right Christians who are connected to it (For that, you need to check out Rachel Maddow's coverage) or the fact that the prayer will be exclusively Christian. She played a segment of the promotional video for "The Response." The chyron cited how those atheists are suing "to keep Gov. Perry from Prayer." Tantaros said that it's "no surprise" that an atheist group is filing a lawsuit. She said "wait a minute, doesn't the First Amendment exist to protect faith, not prevent it." (Uh, Andrea, there's that pesky "establishment clause" that protects against the government promoting one religion over another and this rally seems to fit the bill.) She then played video of Perry, in his office, talkin bout how folks are "adrift in a sea of moral relativism," how we need "god's help," and "pray and fast like Jesus did." Tantaros referenced how President Carter was "born again" and Catholic President Kennedy was a "very religious president." (And he loved him some extramarital booty, too) She asked token liberal Bob Beckel if the First Amendment should "prevent a politician from being religious." Beckel said that although he is a Christian, he doesn't support Perry and noted that this rally is exclusively Christian. As he spoke, Tantaros said "you don't think the nation needs prayer?" After Beckel said that this crossed the line between church and state, conservative Dana Perino said that maybe the government shouldn't have paid for Michelle Obama to have attended Betty Ford's funeral. (WTF? Funerals are considered part of the ceremonial duties of the office of the president - very different from a Governor organizing an exclusively Christian prayer event.)

Ironically, the Christian "exclusivity" of the rally was reinforced by the background graphic which had a picture of Perry next to a Crucifix which is a Catholic symbol. Protestants use a plain cross without Jesus' body. Perino said that states should make decisions regarding these things. Eric Bolling, who attended a Jesuit high school, showed that his secondary education wasn't very effective. Despite Bekel having explained the church/state issue, Bolling wanted to know how this has any connection to separation of church and state. Beckel again stated that the rally promotes Christianity. Bolling didn't get it and asked if Perry would be able to attend Muslim or Puerto Rican day parades. Good Catholic and former altar boy, Greg Gutfeld just couldn't understand why atheists were "bothered" by this and asked why atheists weren't "outraged" about Obama's relationship to Rev. Wright. (Uh, maybe because that wasn't a First Amendment Issue?)

Anyway, you get the drift. But what is truly amazing is that a little over a year ago, Tantaros wrote an article, for the NY Daily News, in which she accused Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of "turning to Jesus for political salvation?" She said that Pelosi opted to appeal to a "higher power for help" and "exploiting religious leaders for political ends." She accused Pelosi of having "a long, sad history of being selectively religious when it comes to advancing her agenda, one a Republican in her position could never get away with" and that "it's past time to call her on it."

Comment: The same things could be said about Governor Perry who is certainly exploiting "religious" leaders for political ends - something that Tantaros is willing to let him "get away with." Unlike Perry, Pelosi wasn't using taxpayer funds to promote Roman Catholicism during a great, big public show of religiousity. If Perry thinks that his very visible Christianity might garner him future presidential votes than he could be "turning to Jesus for political salvation." Maybe Tantaros should call him on it.

And to think that Tantaros accused Pelosi of hypocrisy. Oh, the irony!

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