One of the principal memes of the Obama hating Christian right is the belief that the evil satanic forces of secularism, atheism, the "gay agenda" (includes "Glee"), and feminism are trying to destroy the foundations of our "Christian Nation." They seek to take us back to the good old days when men were the unquestioned patriarchs, women were happy housewives, gays just didn't exist, and abortions were done in back alleys. This world view provides the basis for a new book, "Indivisible, Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late," by Dominionist preacher James Robison and prosperity gospel adherent and "Intelligent Design" proponent Jay Richards. So it's no surprise that Jesus' very own morning show, Fox & Friends, would provide some sweet Christian fellow fellowship for these two Christian men who want to take their country back.
Uber Christian warrior princess Gretchen Carlson began by noting that her guests say political candidates need to focus on social issues as well as the economy. Her gushing introduction to the aforementioned authors neglected to include any information on their right wing politics and religious connections. Jay Richards said that economic and social issues can't be separated. Robison asserted that "what happens in our families affect what happens economically." The chyrons framed the message of the book and Fox's message: "Faith, Family, and Freedom, Why It's Under Assault;" "Culture Matters, The Rise of Social Issues;" and "Living Within the Truth, Saving America From Decline."
Gretch smiled sweetly and her eyes sparkled as he continued with commentary about how, after he and other religious leaders met with President Reagan, Reagan realized that "you can't separate the social issues and the moral concerns from the economic concerns of the day." Robison, it should be noted, convened a conclave of conservative Christian leaders, in July of this year, to develop strategies to defeat Obama. The idea for Rick Perry's prayer meeting came out of that meeting. Robison also thinks that "Glee" is part of the "enemy's" campaign to "bring us down."
Gretch, in her best Miss America voice, read some of the principles of the book, one of which is "Marriage and the family are the fundamental social institutions." Given the Robison says that gay marriage is "detrimental to society," one assumes that the book is not referring to same sex marriage. Another principle is that "when we're free, we can create wealth." Richards, a senior fellow at the "Intelligent Design" promoting "Discovery Institute" who wrote a book about "Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem," claimed that he's "convinced" that "80% of the public believes these things." Color me cynical but I really don't think rational Americans believe that there is a "biblical case for unfettered free market deregulation" and that "minimum wage laws, fair trade practices, and foreign aid are all unbiblical."
Gretch said that "it sounds so reasonable" and wanted to know what's standing in the way of the implementation of their ideas. Robison said that cowardly Christians believe that politics and faith shouldn't be combined and as such have become "uninformed about the political process." He talked about how he, and evangelical and Richards, a Catholic found "common ground." Gretch laughed when Robison mentioned that another talk show host described the book as "body armor for the culture war." Gretch said "it sounded like a fascinating read."
So along with the right wing Father Jonathan Morris, who testified, on Robison's TV show, about how he accepted Jesus as his personal savior, we have his pal James Robison testifying, on Fox, about the importance of social issues. There's a culture war and Fox & Friends is bringing it for the Christians and taking it to all you nasty heathens!