While one in five Americans have no religious affiliation, American Christianity is still doing just fine except on Fox News where those who are clinging to their bibles are convinced that evil atheists are out to snatch those bibles from their cold, dead hands. Fox & Friends is the place where these persecuted Christians receive warm fellowship from their fellow curvy couch Christians. This morning, Fox professional Christian, Gretchen Carlson was all aglow with the spirit of Christian victimhood as she spoke to GOP House Rep. and chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Randy Forbes, about how evil non-believers are trying to force new members of congress to stay out of the Congressional Prayer Caucus because of its advocacy for conservative Christian issues. Forget Jesus, the Congressional Prayer Caucus has a friend in Fox & Friends.
While the two screens in the background showed the US Capital and the Christian cross, Gretchen Carlson reported that "They haven't even been sworn in yet by already the newest members of congress are being pressured by a high powered atheist group." She cocked her pretty head and smiled venomously as she explained that the group "wants them to abandon prayer claiming that it's in the American people's best interests." The chyron reinforced the message: "Lawmakers Urged to Abandon Prayer, Group Sends Plea to New Members of Congress." She was downright coquettish as she introduced Rep. Randy Forbes, a conservative and very prayerful Republican who is head of the House Prayer Caucus who, during his past appearances on Fox, lied about the Air Force trying to censor religious freedom
Forbes began by saying that "extremist groups want to make sure that they censor and shut down anything related to faith." He Described the Congressional Prayer Caucus has being one of the largest congressional caucuses and said that "they stand up for religious freedom and religious liberty. Fact Check - There are only three House Democrats who are currently members and one, Heath Shuler, is not returning. The other two Democrats are part of a small number of socially conservative "blue dog" Democrats. While there are a number of Jews in the House, only one, Eric Cantor, is part of the prayer caucus.
As the chyron framed the patented atheists suck message "In God We Trust, Atheist Group Attacks House Prayer Caucus." Forbes stated that the group is encouraging new members of congress not to join the caucus because of the caucus' support of the National Motto and the daily congressional prayer. Gretch sardonically grinned as she read a portion of the letter from the American Humanist Association which cited the importance of the separation of church and state and the fact that not all incoming house members are affiliated with a religion. She then reported that only one member of congress, who is no longer there, is an atheist. Fact Check - 11 incoming House members identify as religiously non-affiliated. There are also new members who are Hindu and Buddhist.
Forbes said there is no religious litmus test for membership in the Prayer Caucus. He claimed that these "extremist" groups don't give the prayer pols "the same rights" and that "they want to censor our ability to say that we do believe in God." Gretch, sporting a huge shit eating grin and shaking her head in affirmation of her own comment, said "yeah, it's that double standard thing." Forbes said that very few Americans want a situation where "the government is telling the church what to do or the church is telling government what to do." He claimed that "the really big sea change is what they really want to happen today is that they don't want anybody in government to be able to mention or say anything related to God, faith or religion and they don't want anybody in the church to say anything about government." Gretch was still gushing as he said "that isn't the intention of the First Amendment."
Funny how Fox believes in free speech for Christians but not for the American Humanists who are not trying to coerce anybody; but, rather, are informing new members of congress about a congressional organization "that often supports legislation that weakens the separation of church and state and discriminates against non-religious Americans." It's not atheists but Forbes and his congressional Christians who, clearly, want to force their religious beliefs into a government which represents all religions and no religion. Onward Christian soldiers, Fox News has your back.