Fox News lives in an apocalyptic dystopia which is always waging war on somebody or something deemed anathema to the right wing. While the Fox created "war on Christmas" is the only officially declared war, Fox also wages war on minorities, Muslims, undocumented immigrants, gays, and atheists because, according to Fox, they pose a real threat to the America of Fox News. Thus, we have the constant parade of victimized Christians who are, according to Fox, besieged by evil atheists who are trying to destroy Christianity. This paranoid, fortress mentality creates an "us vs. them" duality which serves the Fox propaganda purpose of further dividing the nation. During Wednesday's "The Five," Kimberly Guilfoyle proclaimed that "Christianity is under attack" by evil atheists and the RI Governor. Christians are persecuted? Really? It's seems like it's the nice Fox Christians who are doing the persecuting. But's all fair in Fox's fake wars!
Churches are not being shut down. Nuns and priests are not being executed. But according to self identified (twice married and divorced) Catholic, former Victoria's Secret model, and attorney Kimberley Guilfoyle "Christians are under attack." Guilfoyle, sporting some Christian cleavage, began the segment, titled on the Fox video as "New Assault on Christianity, Freedom of Speech," with this: "Some people call it the war on Christmas; but tonight, our focus is on every America's freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Doesn't matter if you're Christian, Jewish, or no faith at all in 2012 and right now, it's the Christians who are under siege and anti-religion groups by government officials and anti-religion groups who think Christmas and Christianity have no business in the public arena." (Notice the word "siege" that is part of the battle imagery so prevalent in Fox culture war propaganda.)
She cited, as examples, how a city in Kansas has been forced to remove the cross from its city seal "after an atheist group complained." She cited a college's requirement that their students use the term holiday tree for their tree sale until the school "caved." And last, but not least, she referenced the RI Holiday Tree. Guilfoyle claimed that liberals are trying to destroy free expression. Eric Bolling, not a constitutional scholar, read the First Amendment while not alluding to court decisions based on separation of church & state. As the chyron read: "Christianity Under Attack" (more combat imagery) he whined about how he "can't stand" the Freedom From Religion Foundation which should "back off" on issues of "free religion."
Guilfoyle and the group further discussed "what is going on all across the country." Dana Perino provided background on the Kansas cross that, she said, is a vital part of their history. Boy genius Brian Kilmeade blamed lawyers who have instilled "fear of using taxpayer money to defend the right to show the cross that's having everybody cave." Bob Beckel questioned the constitionality of the Kansas cross. Guilfoyle blithered about how "wrong" it was for the city to give in to the atheists because it would cost too much to defend the seal. Perino "bet" that lots of towns use crosses in their seals. What wasn't mentioned is that the mayor sought the advice of several law firms and they told him that the town would lose in court.
Guilfoyle whined that "this is happening across the country, it's the insidious nature which is most disturbing and that's why we're putting these pieces together so people can decide." Eric Bolling, in a brilliant non-sequitor, noted that money has "in God we trust" on it - so that, as was said, in Plan 9 From Outer Space, "proves it."
"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" and broadcast by Fox News! Ya think?
I guess it’s not her fault, it’s probably in her contract.
Dear Kimberly, people aren’t watching the “Five” for you’re deep intellectual commentary. They’re waiting, and “praying” for that Sharon Stone moment, and you know it!
Now, if Guilfoyle’s really an attorney, I’d be very worried if I were her client. Did she actually listen to her own drivel? She actually says “[d]oesn’t matter if you’re . . . no faith at all” and yet she goes on whining about how Christianity is under attack. I don’t know about her, but I don’t really see people of “no faith at all” being too concerned about Christianity being “under attack.”
Please continue the fatuous postings here at NH as laughter does indeed complement the recovery process after thirty years of failed conservative government.
And please keep that Thesaurus at the ready!
“The number of christians has declined 12% since 1990.”
And I agree with just about everyone here: who wants be be affiliated with a group that looks so demanding, whiny and downright stupid?
Fox is the best soldier we have in the war for freedom from religion. Well done!