The old saying about not being able to serve God and "mammon" doesn't seem to apply to Roger Ailes. While his blatantly Christian format is a nice evangelizing vehicle, the "sheaves," that he brings in, are also good for Fox ratings so everybody is happy. The Fox religious programming, almost exclusively Christian, seems to suggest that if you get right with Jesus, you get to meet him when you make the celestial round trips that Fox & Friends are so fond of. And its just not heavenly frequent flyers featured on Fox & Friends. Knowing that a good miracle story is never wasted on the faith based, gullible Fox audience, Fox & Friends recently preached about how angels helped a kid beat cancer. And now that a story, about how a mysterious, disappearing priest saved the life of a victim of a car crash, is going "viral," it wasn't surprising that it was a topic for yesterday's Fox & Friends Sundays with Fox's official priest and right wing mouthpiece (the gospel according to Roger Ailes) Fr. Jonathan Morris.
As the chyron set the message, as Fox fact, that this was a "Missouri Miracle" that a 19 year old girl [at 19, one is a woman but whatever] was "anointed by a "mystery priest," video of a man, speaking about how this was "nothing short of a miracle" was shown. Clayton Morris reported that the family and friends of a car crash victim are "hoping to find the angel priest that witnesses say anointed her at the accident scene...but then he vanished." He added that he wasn't captured on camera. Ainsley Earhardt, for some strange reason, laughed as she repeated the word "captured."
After introducing Fox resident clergyman, Fr. Jonathan Morris, Clayton Morris described the event as "remarkable" because the priest was seen but, cue spooky music, none of the photos of the scene showed the priest. As the chyron reinforced the message, "Miraculous Mystery, Girl Saved By Priest After Car Crash," the group joked about how Fr. Morris' fans think that he was the priest. (Talk about a cult of personality!) Fr. Morris explained that this has gone viral because those who are Christians "believe in angels" who are "messengers of God." He said he didn't know if this person is an angel; but if "we have faith in the bible, we say it's a possibility." He then spoke about how the other possibility is that this was a real priest who "ran to the accident" to "do his duty" for which he's not taking the glory.
As the chyron proclaimed, as Fox fact, "Power of Prayer, Priest's Prayer Changed Life Threatening Event," Earhardt spoke about how the young woman said that as her life signs were dropping, the priest "came out of nowhere" after she "asked someone to pray with her." Fr. Morris said that he believes in miracles regardless of whether the priest was an angel and that it's a reminder for folks to "decide that you're going to live according to priorities that are based in supernatural realities including the power of prayer in moments like this." (So suck it atheists)
Earhardt ended with a prayer: "May angels surround your taxicab as you head off to church this morning." Sporting an angelic smile, Fr. Morris, who was probably heading off for a round of golf at some posh Long Island course, thanked her.
It's a miracle that I was able to suppress a gag reflex while watching this stuff. Seriously, though, I'm still waiting for a discussion about how Jesus is seen on toast and other food stuffs. Good Lord.....
Addendum: The mystery priest has been identified and he's a real person. According to the local diocese, he is Fr. Patrick Dowling who was travelling in the area when he came upon the accident at which time he asked the sheriff if he could anoint the young woman in the crashed car. So whether he was divinely guided and that his intervention saved the woman is a matter of faith. Others may say that it was just coincidence. Either way, his intervention was a good thing.
Per Gawker: "Dowling, who shares a name with another mysterious priest, said it was the "calmness" of Highway patrol men and the professionalism of the rescue workers that saved Lentz's life, not his prayer. Also, he insists he gave his name to a Highway Patrol sergeant before leaving. Dowling concludes by saying that if there were any angels there that day, they were the firefighters, nurses, Sheriff's deputies, and Highway Patrol personnel. "I hope the credit goes where it is due," he said."
BTW, brunette “be a Christian or I’ll kill you” lady? The character’s name is Tiffany Doggett, and in my opinion, she’s the personification of Christian Conservatives. Including the fact that she was in prison for shooting up an abortion clinic. And that her religion had her on a first name basis with a lot of the police before that.
Sorry, Betsy, but if there really was an ‘all powerful and benevolent’ Jesus that really gave a rat’s ass for whatever happens on Earth, he wouldn’t need nice people like you making excuses for his incompetence.
Why is it that your “Master Jesus” never appears in more serious situations—like in Cleveland to help the poor women who’d been held prisoner for decades? Or to rescue children being held as sex slaves? But a stupid car crash? Really? Well, how about this: Why THIS car crash? There are thousands of car crashes every single day, resulting in hundreds of deaths and physical injuries for people—many of whom are “good God-fearing Christians.” But why aren’t THESE people “worthy” of your “Master Jesus’s” attention?