In addition to being America's Newsroom, Fox News is also the defender of the faith - Christian that is. While the Catholic Church is Fox's most favored religion, it never wastes an opportunity to defend evangelicals against perceived affronts from evil secularists. But in the "fair & balanced" world of Fox News, not all American religions are created equal. Such was the case last week, when Fox News attacked the Episcopal priest who dared to criticize evangelical leaders during the Easter service at which our secret Muslim president and his family were in attendance. As this inflamed the Christian right, who view the gay affirming Episcopal Church as apostate, it was no surprise that Fox was on it. The "outrage" was advanced by Megyn Kelly's propagandapalooza which used, as a conduit for the "outrage," the head of the homophobic hate group, The Family Research Council. Now that's "fair & balanced" and true Fox Christianity at its finest!
Only one day after what Christians consider to be their high holy day, the very Christian Fox News didn't waste any time setting up nice Christian hit pieces on both the president, Episcopal priest Rev. Luis Leon, and the Episcopal Church. Father Luis Leon's "sin" was that during the Easter sermon, he called out what he feels is intolerance on the part of leaders in the religious right. Obama's sin was not walking out in outrage or at least issuing a public condemnation.
On Monday, alleged "fair & balanced" news host Megyn Kelly advanced the "outrage" in two segments. She whined, to the very biased Fox News writer, Chris Stirewalt, about how terrible it would be to go to Easter services and be "bombarded with an attack on the religious right." Stirewalt accused Leon of conducting a political attack. After noting that the Episcopal Church accepts gays, he opined that the only acceptable form of intolerance is intolerance towards views of anti-gay social conservatives. (So not accepting bigotry is bigotry? Who knew!)
In a later segment, Kelly asked if politics has a place in the pulpit - a question never asked about the preachers in the religious right and the Catholic bishops who have attacked the president and, in the case of Catholic Bishop Jenky, compared Obama to Hitler and Stalin. She began her show with taped commentary from Tony Perkins who is not a religious figure but is head of the SPLC designated homophobic hate group The Family Research Center. While her panel did include a former Clinton advisor who had no problem with the sermon, the deck was stacked in that Kelly agreed with a conservative Catholic priest and a conservative, African-American radio host that the sermon was inappropriate. Megyn made the point that if liberals were upset with St. Dr. Ben Carson's prayer breakfast's statements, they would be hypocrites if they didn't criticize Fr. Leon.
The next day, Kelly spoke to a panel that included Perkins, Cal Thomas, and Dan Gerstein (Gotham Ghostwriters). Kelly agreed with Perkins and Thomas that Leon was not speaking the truth when he made his claims about the religious right. Kelly smiled as Perkins (not a minister) claimed that Leon doesn't know his scripture. Kelly claimed that those who criticize Christian conservatives are "given a pass." Perkins blamed the media for not holding liberal clergy to the same standards as supporters of traditional marriage. Kelly brought up the Ben Carson thing. When Gerstein asked Perkins to condemn Dr. Ben Carson's statement in which he appeared to compare gays to pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality, Kelly said that because Carson couldn't defend himself, it wouldn't be fair. (Fr. Leon wasn't able to defend himself on any of her hit pieces!)
Tony Perkins group is a "hate group" because it promotes lies and hatred towards the LGBT community. In defending his group against its designation as hate group, Perkins, on Fox & Friends, provided an example of the hatred when he cited bogus research showing that "homosexual behavior is harmful to society and the individual." And now, Fox "News" is featuring him as a spokesperson for benevolent Christian conservatism. In the land of Fox "News," not all religions are created equal. It's apparent that Fox, is validating the religious right's view that the Episcopal Church is godless and, in embracing Tony Perkins as a spokesperson, it's apparent it's apparent that Fox News is embracing homophobic hate! America's "fair & balanced" Christian newsroom at its finest!
Maybe I should start that tonight- I know Kelly’s still on great terms with the ones she approved of, so I’ll start there.
The Elite Washington GOP Power Machine can’t stand the little man. The relationship between FRC and GOP is frosty, and he knows it too. Perkins is irrelevant in the eyes of the EWGOPPM. They gave him the cold shoulder years ago.
NOTE TO PERKINS
Still trying to make friends at CPAC and the Republican Party Convention. You stand around hoping people will recognize you and follow you like a rock star. Well…we have bad news for you, son. You are yesterday’s news. Why don’t use those frequent flyer miles to move to a uncharted island.