While Fox News has made a cottage industry of the so called, "war on Christmas," they are engaging in their very own war against atheists. Given that the Christian right hates atheism, it's not surprising that Jesus' very own "news" network's utilizes Jesus' very own BFF's on Jesus' very own morning show,Fox & Friends, to reinforce the message that evil atheists are out to destroy Jesus' very own nation. The patented fear of atheist card is trump in the Fox & Friends deck. We've been told that atheists could take over Christian groups at Vanderbilt U. We've been warned that atheist highway and bus signs are "a war on God." And when atheist groups go after Christian crosses on public lands, the morning Christian soldiers unsheathe their vorpal swords. This morning, Steve Doocy spoke with the homophobic, disgraced former military chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt about how atheists have forced the Air Force to remove bibles from the checklist of hospitality requirements for Air Force Inn lodging suites. I was hoping that Klingenschmitt would talk about his exorcism of a gay woman soldier who was raped. He didn't. Bummer.
The title of the video says it all: "Air Force Caves To Atheists." Good Christian warrior Steve Doocy reported that "the bibles that you see in hotels and motel rooms" could be "going away at least at US Air Force bases because the service is bowing to pressure from an atheist group." The agitprop chyron framed anti-atheist message of the day: "Losing Its Religion, Air Force Bowing To Atheist Pressure." He introduced Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who was court-martialed and dismissed from the Navy because of his refusal to stop invoking Jesus' name at military events attended by non-Christians. He also violated Navy rules when he protested these orders, while wearing his uniform, outside the White House. He claims that Al Franken' support of anti-bullying legislation will result in teens being recruited into self hating homosexuality which will result in more suicides. Suffice to say that he freaked out about the repeal of DADT which, he thinks, will lead to "sodomites" demanding "extra homosexual bonus pay." (Seriously!) He also says that praying for God to hurt people is just ducky.
Doocy introduced Klingenschmitt, head of (LOL) the "Pray in Jesus Name Project," who blessed Doocy "in Jesus name." Doocy said that an atheist group objected to bibles being on base housing." (Wrong - not housing but lodging rooms in Air Force Inns). Klingenschmitt reported that those who service the rooms will no longer be required to replace the bible. He ranted about how "atheist complainers" are "against God and the Bible, Christianity" and are "infringing on the rights of 85%" of troops who are Christians. The chyron: "Caving To Atheists? Air Force Rids Checklists for Bibles." When he said that if troops have a right to a chaplain, they have a right to a bible, Doocy affirmed that "it's such a good point."
Klingenschmitt warned that atheists, who use the room, could trash the bible and (OMG) it won't be replaced and encouraged the audience to donate to the Gideons who will try to get on base to distribute more bibles. Steve said "sure" when Klingenschmitt opined that if a military person can get a bible in a hotel then they should be able to get them in these rooms. Agitprop chyrons: "Atheists One Step Closer, Bible to be Struck From AF Lodging Checklists." (WTF? closer to what?) and "Bible Takes A 'Thumping' Atheists Push AF to Nix It From Checklists." Klingenschmitt claimed that this is a "trend" of caving to atheists and cited several examples including stopping cadets from participating in "Operation Christmas Child." (a proselytizing "charity" run by Islamophobe Franklin Graham). Steve whined that "it's a long list and that's why you're concerned that that's why we're glad you joined us."
That ratings do not necessarily indicate quality of programming is demonstrated by the fact that while "Morning Joe" does not receive the ratings of "Fox & Friends" it's content is so much more - uh - rational. This morning, among other things, the Morning Joe crew talked with Richard Haas of the CFR about foreign affairs and with a former editor of Rolling Stone about Bob Dylan. Meanwhile, Steve Doocy has a one sided discussion (nothing new) attacking atheists. You didn't hear anything about the question of tax money being spent on bibles or the fact that non-Christians use the rooms. You also didn't hear anything about Klingenschmitt's dubious background. But in the interests of propaganda, who cares about silly details!
He’s obviously a loon…….but I suspect the name doesn’t help!