While there are many different Christian denominations, the only Sunday "preacher" at Fox News is a Catholic priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris who, as the one true Fox priest, preaches the gospel according to Roger Ailes and the GOP right. With his best Broadway delivery he regularly interweaves right wing talking points with Catholic dogma. Lately, he's been a bit prickly about how the nefarious forces of evil atheism are trying to take God out of society, especially that nasty MSNBC anchor, Lawrence O'Donnell who had the audacity to suggest that the Bible is long past it's sell by date for presidential inaugurations. This morning, in talking about the importance of religion at inaugurations, the sweet little padre was able to work in this meme in addition to preaching the GOP gospel entrepreneurship and dissing welfare recipients. What's *"Sinday" (another one of Father's Facebook Freudian slips) on Fox & Friends without Fr. Morris!
The first part of the segment dealt with Newsweek's "Controversial Cover" (actually a website visual because Newsweek is no longer in print) which cites Obama's "Second Coming" - a topic that's hot in the church of the perpetually outaraged right wing Christian." Without showing the evidence, Steve Doocy claimed that there was a Newsweek connection of Obama with God in 2010. What Doocy referenced had nothing to do with the Christian god. In order to show the president as a multi-tasker, it showed him as the multi-armed Hindu god, Shiva. The title of the accompanying article was "God of all Things."
After Alisyn Camerota asked if this new cover "crossed the line," Brian Kilmeade asked Morris if he is "upset" about this. Morris solemnly intoned that "the American people are very religious." (Padre is either lying or misinformed because a growing number of Americans - 1 in 5 - are non-affiliated). He accused Newsweek of trying to sell their magazine by making "most of us very mad" and "make those who are trying to get rid of religion and spiritual expressions out of the public square, they make them very happy." Camerota said that Newsweek is trying to play up expectations of the president from the first term, this feels "a little tired." Morris responded, "it's a little low."
Doocy, in citing how this is happening at the time of the inauguration, segued into his comment about prayer has been a traditional part of the inauguration. Morris provided some inauguration prayer history which, he said, is "wonderful;" but there are evil people who are trying to get rid of that like "that famous cable news host "saying "we should have no invocation, no benediction, no bible because nobody believes in that stuff anyway." (Actually, O'Donnell opined that the Bible has become meaningless and that there are better ways to swear fealty).
Morris then provided some right wing talking points couched in history. He detailed how the French historian Alexis De Tocqueville, while traveling in the US, marveled at American religiosity and spirit of entrepreneurship. As an example he discussed a sign that he saw was on his way to the studio. The sign, posted on his Facebook, advertised a car wash and some other stuff at affordable prices. He waxed poetic about how "this is the American experiment...to be entrepreneurial and get out there and fight and not wait for the check." He finished by commending the president for observing the "great American tradition of religion and spirituality."
So there you have it, the cute little man of the cloth engages in the right wing stereotype of the lazy welfare recipients who, despite time limited TANF payments and work requirements, just sit around "waiting for the check." Ah, the great American tradition of religion and spirituality as preached in the gospel according to Roger Ailes! Cardinal Dolan must be so proud!!!!
Boy. I sure wish I could own ‘Acres of Prime Real Estate’ in the center of Manhattan, pay ZERO property tax, pay ZERO in income taxes, have special laws (written JUST FOR ME) dictating that no bars or sex clubs or anyone/anything I find offensive will be banned from opening a legal operation within some 1000 feet of MY space, have suspended parking privileges during MY get togethers with MY friends, and have the freakin BALLS to call other people, simply trying to feed their children, ‘Welfare Recipients.’ Does anybody know if the cash this jackass pulls in from his FOX spots are being taxed? Of course he can say his ‘pittance’ was a donation to the Church. Which means ‘I get paid by the Church so this money that they throw at me is technically a Church Donation.’ Sometimes I hope there IS a God (an entity that looks at how we acted in life based on what we THOUGHT was right , compared to what we pontificated about how OTHERS should live and act, while selectively following the beliefs we impose on others and justifying it in our own minds) and if I do end up in this ‘supposed’ afterlife? I bet there are MORE Atheists and Agnostics there, As they lived their life by what came naturally. Like treating your fellow man as an equal. As opposed to the people (F.J.M. and his ilk) who had to have the ‘Fear and wrath of God’ thrown in their face, in order to do the right thing. The day someone shows me the scripture about how Jesus preached his right to own 5 Italian made, Pure Silk, three piece Suits, a Lear Jet…..etc……I was always taught he owned a pair of sandals and rode a donkey, not an Escalade with spinners (however a christian once told me that the spinning rims represented ‘The Father, The Son and, The Holy Ghost.
That’s the day I will send money to the ‘600 club’.
These people are EXACTLY what, The GOOD Book they hold so true, tells them to beware of.
@ Truman-I’d submit he has a soul but it’s a poor little shriveled thing blackened from disuse and dessication of exposure on Fux Noise.
His kind of assholeism certainly belongs on the curvy, conservative couch with Doochey, Wretched and the brainless, brown haired fellow.
He’s a joke and a cafeteria Catholic.