Famous "dick," gay basher, and Fox News host and contributor Tucker Carlson was baptized in the Episcopal Church and married the daughter of an Episcopal priest. But he eventually realized that God hates fags, women priests, and abortion. So being the morally superior person that he is, he left the historic Falls Church Episcopal Church and joined an Anglican Church whose beliefs dovetail nicely with those of fundamentalist Christians and the Catholic Church, both of which receive pride of place at the "fair & balanced" Fox News. Being the morally superior person that he is, Carlson, during a February Fox & Friends, insulted Wiccans because they, allegedly, hate Christians. On last week's Fox & Friends, in validating an anti-abortion priest's attack on Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Carlson insulted the Episcopal Church because, according to the morally superior Carlson, it "loves abortion." This, of course, is a lie but when has the truth ever been important for Fox's morning propaganda and very Christian chat show, Fox & Friends!
While it appears that Tucker Carlson genuinely despises the Episcopal Church for its liberal views, it was interesting that he would show his disdain on a show that, most likely, appeals to conservative Christians whose right wing pastors have openly and actively denounced the Episcopalian Church as an apostate church because it doesn't condemn gays, same sex marriage, and abortion and has been in the forefront of marriage equality and reproductive rights. So, was it coincidence or design that Carlson, in validating Fr. Frank Pavone's attack on the pro-choice Pelosi's Catholicism, said that if Pelosi doesn't approve of the Catholic teachings she should join a pro-choice church. He quipped that "There are choices, the Episcopal Church loves abortion."
There you have it. A classic Fox & Friends hit and run propaganda attack. An allegation was made that is neither rebutted nor discussed by a representative of the group being attacked. But as the viewer is left with the absolutely false impression that the Episcopal Church "loves abortion," the damage is done and existing hatred is reinforced. Not for nothing is Fox & Friends "the morning happy-talk show that Ailes uses as one of his primary vehicles to inject his venom into the media bloodstream."
The position of the Episcopal Church, on abortion, is one that has been carefully crafted and voted on in their General Convention. It is one that takes into consideration love for women and respect for their decisions. An Episcopalian priest wrote this, in response to Carlson's smear: "The position of the Episcopal Church on abortion is that it is always and universally a tragic choice, which in rare and specific cases is the least of the evil alternatives available to a woman. This is anything but a love of abortion. It is a love of human dignity and freedom with all the terrible responsibility that goes with it. Our position on abortion is not to be encapsulated in a glib comment by someone who is simply ignorant but trying to score points."
Carlson apologized (under duress?) to Wiccans. As the above cited Rector noted, he should apologize to Episcopalians. While Jesus was talking about the Pharisees, he could have been describing the hypocrisy of Fox & Friends, a show that features ostentatious, proud, and hateful Christianity: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean." Nuff said.
completely of religion.
My impression was that the Episcopals were essentially catholics that had somehow stumbled into the 20th century. I can imagine that alone being very distasteful to the Fox base.