Fox News' tainted food chain often begins with Todd Starnes' howls of Christian victimization which are then taken up by Fox & Friends. The meme is then reinforced on later programs - or, as stated by Goebbels, "make the lie, keep it simple, and eventually they will believe it." This regurgitation was seen in Wednesday's Fox & Friends topic, gleaned from Starnes, about how the faux, Fox generated "War on Christians" is now happening in the military where Jesus loving Christian soldiers aren't being allowed to "live their faith." The reality is that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is pressuring the Pentagon to enforce the rules against proselytizing which is, according to to the MRFF, very common. Fox & Friends hosted a Christian extremist and hate group VP to attack the MRFF and its head, Mikey Weinstein. Later, "The Five," a show that specializes in toxic spew, did the same thing. Goebbels would be so proud!
Greg Gutfeld, arguably a misogynist creep, started his patented intro rant by "introducing a creepy man." A picture was shown of Michael Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation with his spot on comment that "today we face incredibly well funded gangs of Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation's armed forces." Gutfeld informed us that Weinstein "had been invited to the Pentagon to consult on religious tolerance." The "Cavuto marked" chyron set the official Fox message: "Pentagon's Anti-Christian Advisor." He described Weinstein as a "nut" who runs the Military Religious Freedom Foundation which "embraces anti-Christianity as one of the few prejudices left." Lie - 96% of those who file complaints with the MRFF are Christians.
Gutfeld said that "the story was ignored" until Breitbart (now there's some serious fair & balanced journalism!) picked up on it. While photos of Obama (one of them at Planned Parenthood) were shown, Gutfeld brayed that "our government" is "rewarding" Islamic extremists." (Apropos of nothing, he mentioned Benghazi). The rant got even more incoherent with Gutfeld asking if by labelling Christians "fiends," they'll be rewarded by the government which, as Gutfeld noted, gave welfare to terrorists.
As the chyron reinforced the propaganda, "Pentagon Meets With Anti-Christian Extremist on Religious Tolerance," Dana Perino said that Weinstein only requested a meeting with the Pentagon and isn't an official Pentagon consultant. The visual, behind the table, had, in big, bold letters, "Pentagon's Anti-Christian Advisor." Gutfeld, a paragon of Catholicism, asked if by calling Christians "monsters," that makes Weinstein a "religious bigot" who engages in "Christianphobia." (How bout a "news"network that denigrates Islam?)
Token liberal Bob Beckel joked that when he worked in the White House, some "real fruit cakes" showed up. He opined that using the term "monsters" to describe Christians is "dangerous" and "an indictable offense" because it negatively broad brushes Christianity. (Oh, the irony!) Andrea Tantaros, on the leg chair, echoed the popular persecuted Christian whine, introduced earlier, that this is "the last acceptable form of discrimination." (Not on Fox Nation which has no problem with racism and homophobia.) She brought up the Fort Hood attack to accuse the military of being so "politically correct" that they didn't act on Major Nidal's threats. When Eric Bolling referenced a Homeland Security report that cited right wing religious extremists, Beckel said these people do exist. Tantaros exclaimed, "oh yeah, they're blowing up buildings every single day." (Perhaps she should check out this ADL report on anti-abortion violence which isn't being done by Muslims). She claimed that "you cannot compare the two religions." Bolling said that Weinstein shouldn't be allowed in the Oval Office which is another fact pulled out of his ass because the meeting was at the Pentagon.
As is usual on an agenda Fox "opinion" show, there was no attempt at providing actual facts. For example, 68 officers filed a complaint, with the MRFF, about a course which taught that Jesus loves nukes. Or the fact that 63 Air Force officers and cadets complained about an "ethical training" course which used the New Testament as a guide. Or the fact that the Air Force officer issued a memorandum that prohibited proselytization which, for some military "Christians" includes distributing homophobic comics and promoting a homophobic website. Bolling and Gutfeld didn't mention those Christians who complained about a training session that ended as a Christian prayer vigil. Wonder what those on The Five would say if the members of the military were promoting Islam.
But context isn't important for those on "The Five" who, while whining about attacks on Christians, had no problem attacking Mickey Weinstein with lies and propaganda in the service of an agenda. Never mind Goebbels, Jesus must be so proud!