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Is Fox News Anti-Mormon?

Reported by Priscilla - July 28, 2011 -

Fox News is the mouthpiece for the evangelical religious right and the evangelical religious right has a problem with the Mormon religion which some claim, at best, is not true Christianity and, at worst, a cult. So was it coincidence or design when Southern Christian conservative Ainsley Earhardt said, during a recent Fox & Friends show, that Mitt Romney isn't a Christian? The interesting thing is that this isn't the first time that Fox News has offended Mormons! Whoopsie?

During the Sunday July 17th Fox & Friends, Ainsley Earhardt, Dave Briggs, and Clayton Morris were discussing whether possible GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry would be able to raise as much money as Mitt Romney. Earhardt, a Southern Christian, said, “Well the Christian coalition, I think he (Perry) can get a lot of money from that base because of Romney obviously not being a Christian." Briggs said "Oh, Yes." Later in the show, Earhardt issued a retraction - or was it? "During the 6AM hour I mentioned that Mitt Romney is not a Christian. He is a member of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church and that church does consider its members Christians." Hmmm..

In addition to having been picked up by Jon Stewart, "back-up weekend Gretchen's" comment that Mormons are not Christian is making the rounds of Mormon media. Their "Deseret News," Utah's oldest continuously published newspaper, has also noticed it and reported that calls to Fox News regarding this comment have gone unanswered.

But as I noted, this isn't the first Fox connected affront to Mormons. Earlier this month, a Memphis Tennessee Fox affiliate sent right wing Ben Ferguson (who appears on Fox News) out to interview local folks about the Mormon religion. The problem was that the questions posed by Ferguson were framed in such a way as to make Mormons look silly such as:

"Can you name the candidate who is running for president who believes that if he is a good person, he will get his own planet?"

"Would you vote for someone for president who believes that if they are a good person, you will get their own planet?" "You want your own planet, don't you?"

The report prompted an angry letter, to Fox, from Rev. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance.

Comment: Can you imagine Fox News' outrage if Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow asked Christians about whether they would vote for a Catholic candidate who believed that they were eating the body of Christ? Bill O'Reilly, for sure, would rail about liberal hatred of Christianity. But seriously, this begs the question of whether Fox News includes Mormons with liberals, Democrats, minorities, undocumented immigrants, Muslims, and gays as part of the "other; " ie.e another group not sufficiently part of "real" America? Were these two things just isolated incidents or part of a greater belief system. I report, you decide!

The Fox & Friends thing is at the end of the Stewart video:

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