As a the Christian right's propaganda outlet, Fox News never wastes an opportunity to attack atheists who are right up there with minorities, Muslims, and immigrants on the official Fox News enemies list. Whenever the Christian right attempts to blur the lines between church and state, Fox is right there to support them and, in so doing, advance Fox's ongoing persecuted Christian meme. Fox's official propaganda priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris, who actually believes that there should be no "wall of separation" because "God" is mentioned in the Constitution, is a vital part of this narrative. Obviously, he is not a constitutional scholar; but he is very adept at promoting the Christian right agenda such as prayer in public schools and school vouchers. He also pushes Christian right paranoia, popular on Fox, about how those evil atheists are out to destroy America, even to the point of trying to take "God" off the money and take prayer out of West Point. And despite his, and other Fox hosts' attacks on atheists, sweet lil Fr. Morris also thinks that atheists are "disrespectful" - OH, The Irony!
Yesterday's Sundays with Fr. Morris segment was part of Fox & Friends "The Fight for Faith" series, the last of which was devoted to Steve Doocy's attack on atheists who hold a Day of Reason in juxtaposition to the National Day of Prayer. Alisyn Camerota reported that a court house in Florida "will soon become the first government building in the United States to honor atheists with their own monument." Good Anglican (not liberal Episcopalian) Tucker Carlson said that it is legal but asked if it is necessary and introduced official Fox propaganda priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris.
Carlson immediately labeled atheism as a "species of religion" when, in fact, it is a world view that does not embrace theism; ergo, not a religion. Continuing with the false and Christian right argument about how atheism is a religion, he wanted to know why this was being done if atheists oppose religious monuments on public property and "here they are putting a religious monument in place on public property."
Fr. Morris explained that this was an agreement, among the atheists, the courthouse, and a Christian group, which acknowledges that if the Ten Commandments is displayed at the courthouse, atheists should be allowed to have an atheist bench. Fr. Morris was in agreement with Carlson's point "that it was silly in that why do we have the Ten Commandments there at a federal courthouse because of the tradition of law, justice, and truth with being based also on religious revelation of what God's will was for us and how we should behave."
Fr. Morris proceeded to bash the atheist group. He said it was a "sad" thing that "rather than just respect different people's opinions" (Like they do on Fox News - not!) this has become "not an atheist monument but a Christian protest monument, protesting the fact that the 10 Commandments are there." (Who cares about that silly First Amendment "establishment" of religion thingie!) Morris said that it was "disrespectful." He claimed that the bench "made fun of the Ten Commandments." He didn't mention that the bench includes quotes from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as well as an excerpt from the Treaty of Tripoli which said, OMG, that the US isn't a Christian nation.
Fr. Morris made the claim that local court decisions should be the arbiter for religious monuments on public property. He made the absurd claim that when local people wanted to be "reminded of the source of law (the people, padre, not "God") then that's respected." (Wrong padre, there were Jesusland court cases which ruled that courthouse displays of the Commandments is unconstitutional.) He cited court cases which ruled that nativity scenes can stand along with menorahs and sputtered "but this is a protest." (Wrong, padre, it was a law suit, just like the ones governing the nativity scenes.)
Morris asserted that this reveals the "silliness" of the atheists because they "do not want the Ten Commandments to be allowed" and claimed that the bench is a "mockery" of the Commandments "in order to prove their point that they are to be respected in that same way meaning that their views should be able to go against the views, in this case, the Ten Commandments." Tucker Carlson might have been encouraging Christian vandalism when he noted that it might become a target for graffiti but he "hoped not."
If Fox & Friends were fair & balanced they might cite the Anti-Defamation League's position that public displays of the Ten Commandments "can lead to the kind of religious divisions within otherwise harmonious communities that our founding fathers sought to avoid by constitutionally mandating the separation." But who cares about that kind of thing when there's Christian agitprop to be peddled. And remind me, who is being disrespectful here?
More irony - it's the atheists who were calling for fairness and balance!!!
These bogs at this midManhattan tower of hell should all be ex-communicated. What they do behind the walls makes atheists look like saints.
NOTE TO MORRIS
Forget the atheists, let’s have a look at the pedophile priests you and others protect inside the catholic church, you coward.
6 I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the lande of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
+ Slavery. I guess his people needed a lesson.
7 Thou shalt haue none other gods before me.
8 Thou shalt not make thee any grauen image, or any likenesse of any thing that is in heauen aboue, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth.
9 Thou shalt not bow downe thy selfe vnto them, nor serue them: for I the Lord thy God am a ielous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers vpon the children, vnto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
+ Nice. But lazy. I say let’s really show them who is boss by going with 10 generations.
10 And shewing mercy vnto thousands, of them that loue me, and keepe my commandements.
11 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vaine: for the Lord will not holde him guiltlesse that taketh his name in vaine.
12 Keepe the Sabbath day to sanctifie it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
13 Sixe dayes thou shalt labour, and doe all thy worke.
14 But the seuenth day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not doe any worke, thou, nor thy sonne, nor thy daughter, nor thy man seruant, nor thy maid seruant, nor thine oxe, nor thine asse, nor any of thy cattel, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates, that thy man seruant and thy maid seruant may rest as well as thou.
+ Slavery, again. With a dose of xenophobia. Because “thy stranger” was not a part of the chosen clan.
15 And remember that thou wast a seruant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence, through a mightie hand, and by a stretched out arme: Therefore the Lord thy God commaunded thee to keepe the Sabbath day.
+ Slavery, again. With a reminder of how his chosen people where just making a small pit stop on the way to the chosen land.
16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee, that thy daies may be prolonged, and that it may goe well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giueth thee.
+ Yeah, ‘cuz Ma’ and Pa’ didn’t know how to assert their authority. Chalk up another reference to the chosen land.
17 Thou shalt not kill.
+ But making their lives a living hell is OK?
18 Neither shalt thou commit adulterie.
+ I will file for divorce right after my arranged marriage.
19 Neither shalt thou steale.
+ Slavery is not stealing. I am just borrowing the slave labor’s because he doesn’t know any better.
20 Neither shalt thou beare false witnesse against thy neighbour.
+ So, that thing with the snake introducing evil into your paradise was not your idea?
21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbours wife, neither shalt thou couet thy neighbours house, his field, or his man seruant, or his maide seruant, his oxe, or his asse, or any thing that is thy neighbours.
+ Yes. I totally won’t invade OTHER people’s lands for their resources. Or enslave them.
22 These wordes the Lord spake vnto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thicke darkenesse, with a great voice, and he added no more, and he wrote them in two Tables of stone, and deliuered them vnto me.
+ It was a good thing. It didn’t have to include the USA tax code, voting rights for women, child labor protection laws, environmental, transportation, or food and health regulations.