As Jon Stewart wisely said, "conservative victimization is the true genius of what Fox News has accomplished." Nowhere is this victimization more prominent than in Fox's pandering to the meme of Christians who are being victimized at the hands of the "politically correct" forces of secularism that are trying to purge God from America. The reality is that there are no Christian persecutions and that it's a certain kind of Christianity, aided and abetted by Fox "News," that seeks to impose itself everywhere, including during an airline's meal service which is, based on my experiences, not one of the more sublime aspects of flight. Passengers on Alaska Airlines have complained about the inclusion of Psalm cards with their mystery meat and the cards are being discontinued. And official Fox clergyman, Father Jonathan Morris, is just so upset.
Clayton Morris reported that Alaska Airlines is discontinuing a 30 year tradition of including Book of Pslams prayer cards with meals. He introduced Fr. Morris who is "on retreat" in Jerusalem with Cardinal designate and Fox pal, NY Archbishop Dolan. (Obviously the talented and multi-tasking Morris has friends in high places who, one assumes, appreciates any services rendered by the good father. After all, he was, reportedly, the personal waiter for Fr. Marcel Maciel, the disgraced head of Morris' former order, the Legionaries of Christ)
Fr. Morris solemnly intoned that the prayers weren't propaganda (oh, the irony) forcing people to become Christian or Jewish but "now the decision has been made because some passengers complained to get rid of that tradition." He asked "how many passengers were blessed or loved it over these 30 years and continue to be blessed and love it?" Uber Christian Gretchen Carlson would have been so pleased to hear Morris' ascribing the reason for this obvious travesty to "political correctness." He claimed - wait for it - this is like "forcing a Chinese restaurant to get rid of their fortune cookies. It's food with a message." (LOL,a message that's as meaningless to many people as fortune cookies. At least you can eat the cookies!)
Clayton Morris asked if the airline was really concerned about cost savings and spun it to say it was a passenger's complaint. Fr. Morris rejected that notion and went into a hissy, little rant which invoked the standard trope, in any Fox victimized Christian piece, that it's just a small minority of evil doers who are ruining things for Jesus' BFF's. He claimed that "a small minority has chosen to be extremely vocal and to say that separation of church and state or tolerance means that there can be no public expression of one's values and beliefs." He noted that this is a private company and asked "who's going to be offended by a prayer." He "joked" about all the things "shoved at him" on the flight including duty free and he could say he's offended by it." (Actually, he doesn't have to accept the list from the attendant.) He exhorted the audience to stand up and say that they "won't let the country become a soulless nation in which no one can express belief."
Dave Briggs then read a statement from the airlines which addressed diversity - a concept alien to Fox News and today's conservative Catholic Church which Dolan and Morris represent. A rather upset Fr. Morris asserted that it's not about diversity but a desire to have everyone be the same - an ironic comment given that Fox and Fr. Morris would love it if everybody were conservative, Republican Christians. A frenetic Fr. Morris lapsed into incoherence when he talked about expecting diversity if he flew on an Israeli airline where he would expect to learn more about the Jewish faith - about which he knows very little as Jews do NOT proselytize. He also doesn't seem to know that El-Al is a secular airline and that Israel's Proclamation of Independence is not a religiously based document. He finished with a flourish and a little pouty mouth when he proclaimed that if you get rid of religious beliefs "it's doing exactly the opposite of creating a diverse and respectful" (he shouted the word) "nation."
Who knew that Alaska Airlines wants to create a nation of atheists. Oh my, where's the Spanish Inquisition when you need it! But wait, if we get rid of all those filthy heretics, won't that be the opposite of a diverse and respectful nation? And whom will Fox be able to rail against? Oh, my....
BTW, check out the cute little padre's Facebook. Talk about idol worship!
You have a place of worship don’t you?
Regardless of the efforts of hose like Father Spanky, religion is still continuing to losing favor. Or maybe it’s because of this type of effort?