Official Fox clergyman Fr. Jonathan Morris can reliably be counted on to reinforce Fox News' right wing memes. But during his weekly Sunday Fox & Friends sermonette, he said something that was shocking in its departure from the proscribed talking points. In echoing the words of RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who told Bill O'Reilly that Fox News seemed very "angry" over "war on Christmas, Fr. Morris said that he wasn't angry about so called assaults on Christmas. To his Fox hosts, who were hoping for some war on Christmas red meat, he added that the anger seems "silly" as it isn't in keeping with the reason for the season. Later in the piece, he redeemed himself with his comment about how there shouldn't be a constitutional problem with religious symbols in public buildings. But still, his take on the Fox "War on Christmas" seemed downright heretical!
The segment opened with an image of the Baby Jesus. While the chyron read "Reason For the Season, PC Police Waging "War on Christmas," Clayton Morris reported that "Christmas trees are being nixed and called Holiday trees instead." Video of a living room Christmas tree, that atheists haven't nixed, was shown. Alysin Camerota "bet" that Fr. Morris had some thoughts. And that's where it got interesting. Rather than railing, as does Bill O'Reilly, about the evil secularists, Fr. Morris was more measured:
"The reason I’m not angry is that, yes, I think it’s silly, it’s out of place for people to dedicate so much energy to try to get rid of Christmas scenes like this. The good news is when Christianity has been persecuted, when it has been outlawed, when people have died for their faith, it hasn’t gone away. Everybody has an opportunity to make sure their faith does not go away in this Christmas season to live that faith as a family, as a community. What should we do about these, I think very small percentage of people who are working to try to get rid of these public expressions of faith? I think we should speak up. That’s why I am doing it. That’s why I think it’s important we have these stories to show what they are trying to do — without losing the peace. If our Christmas is going to be all about getting a upset at people trying to take away Christmas, isn’t that silly too?"
Oh, no you didn't!!!!!!!! (Will Roger Ailes be looking for a new Catholic clergy boy toy?)