Fox News provides a warm and sympathetic pulpit for Christians who feel that their First Amendment rights are being violated. But those who push back against what they feel are violations of the First Amendment's "establishment clause," by overzealous Christians, are targets of Fox's opprobrium. Mikey Weinstein, who is head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, seems to have replaced Cindy Sheehan as Fox's number one persona non grata because of his advocacy for those, in the military, who feel that their religious freedom is being violated by those with religious agendas. Last year, Megyn Kelly, during a sneering interview with Weinstein, suggested that his group put Christian religious liberty "at risk." Thursday night, she hosted Dr. and Mrs. James Dobson for a sweet, Christian attack on Weinstein who wasn't there to defend himself. So much for Kelly's claim to be "fair & balanced."
After showing treacly video of a guy asking his god to watch over the military and school children praying that - wait for it - their school department "selects a curriculum that is honoring to you," Kelly dramatically reported that OMG the National Day of Prayer has "come under attack from an atheist group" that "is now demanding that no uniformed military personnel be allowed to participate in this event claiming it violates Defense Department regulations." She introduced Dr. and Mrs. Dobson who are closely connected to the National Day of Prayer.
In prefacing her question to Dr. Dobson (formerly of Focus on the Family, now with a radio ministry) she cited how Fox nemesis Mikey Weinstein (Head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, "challenges a lot of events." She summarized Weinstein's position. Dr. Dobson, former head of Focus on the Family who now has a radio ministry, Family Talk, dismissed Weinstein as just "one loud voice" and a "professional atheist" who is "paid a very large salary." He claimed that "national days of prayer are an American tradition" because a bunch of presidents "called for a National Day of Prayer." He praised the awesomeness of prayer gatherings on the National Day of Prayer.
In an effort to validate Dobson, Kelly proclaimed that "this isn't something new" because "congress, CONGRESS created it in 1952" with Pres. Truman's approval. Kelly articulated the word "Mikey" when she spoke of his "atheist group's objection." Fact Check - it is not an "atheist" group but an organization that advocates for First Amendment religious freedoms, just like Jay Sekulow's group does. It has acted on behalf of Catholics and other non-evangelicals who object to what they feel is Christian proselytizing.
Mrs. Dobson complained about Weinstein trying to hurt members of the military who are fighting for religious freedom. She made the bogus Christian claim that the country "was founded on Judeo-Christian system of values." She claimed that non-Christians are welcomed. More validation from Kelly who took Mrs. Dobson's claim on face value: "Legally, that's a good point." After reading part of Weinstein's complaint about how participants in the Day of Prayer need to testify to their relationship to Jesus, she asked if this is true.
Dr. Dobson said it wasn't true because anybody is welcome to participate. Either he was lying or doesn't know what's on the website which requires that volunteers "pledge" to "be completely humble, gentle, and patient, so that I may live without hindrance, making every effort to build up the body of Christ in UNITY through my thoughts and actions." Dobson was either lying or doesn't know the record of the MRFF because he claimed that Weinstein "has a habit of losing." Kelly said "yup" when Dobson claimed that Weinstein "gets so much press." (Most of it on Fox!)
In setting the narrative that prayer day soldiers in uniform are a longstanding tradition, Kelly (as if she didn't know the answer) asked if soldiers have always worn their uniform which, according to Mrs. Dobson, they've done for twenty years. A smirking Kelly worked in one more zinger: "They [Pentagon] say and the military say they're not backing down and this particular instance the military has told Mikey he can pound sand, for lack of a better term."
If Megyn Kelly thinks that Fox is the "only place" where people can "get fair & balanced news, she can keep on pretending!
Note - Chris Rodda has the background on this that you won't get on Fox
Check out waroneaster.org. Flemming runs this website.
Flemming had purchased 666 copies of his own movie for what might well be described as an ideological/promotional giveaway.
waroneaster.org is a hub for a campaign in which Flemming recruited believers in the film to distribute copies of the DVD to churches over the upcoming Easter holiday. Those recruited were intended to place the film surreptitiously—in pew racks, in restrooms, in bushes, by the door, or in any place where it might later be found with a little effort. Plastic Easter eggs, too, were used for distribution to the younger set; though these would contain messages such as, “Jesus is no more real than the Easter Bunny." Once these trinkets were placed. those recruited could return to the website and tell the story of how they proudly placed Flemming’s markers.