As sure as the New Testament follows the Old, when Todd Starnes reports on some perceived affront to Christianity, it makes it over to Fox News which never wastes an opportunity to smear atheists as the enemy of all that is good and holy. Starnes' most recent story involves a Jewish firefighter who wants to display a Christian cross as part of a Princeton, New Jersey 9-11 memorial. And wouldn't ya know it but those evil atheists, are threatening to sue the town because the steel beam, salvaged from the ruins of 9-11, has a Christian cross cut into it. The atheists assert that if this is on public land, there are First Amendment issues. So who better to provide a "fair & balanced" look at this, than the oh, so fair & balanced and very Christian Martha MacCallum who is always willing to carry that cross and who dismissed church/state issues cuz we have "bigger fish to fry."
MacCallum reported the story about how the atheists are objecting to the public display of the cross. Her voice dripped with sarcasm as she read a comment from the American Atheists. She spoke to the Princeton Deputy Fire Chief Roy James about his campaign to display the cross. He spoke of how 9-11 affected everybody and how he knew some of the victims. MacCallum mentioned that James was Jewish and asked him if he had a problem with the cross. He said that "the cross is symbolic" and has "nothing to do with religion" (Really? I think that Christians might dispute that!) "and that it's not a religious symbol in this aspect." He described how the steel workers, working on the site of the Twin Towers, cut religious symbols into steel beams and gave them to families of the victims and that if this cross isn't displayed, it invalidates the feelings of the victims.
When MacCallum noted that the atheists would be satisfied with a plaque that acknowledged that atheists died on 9-11, James said that people from many faith traditions also perished on that day and it would be difficult to accommodate all of them . MacCallum mentioned that this is the beam that was given to his town. He repeated that this isn't a religious symbol but one that tells a story.
After she asked him "where this is going to go," he praised Fox News for getting the word out there and creating a positive response. He added that when the beam is erected, the cross will probably be facing away from the public - a solution that he is willing to live with but he will still fight the atheists. MacCallum "commended" him for "taking this on." She wished him luck.
So once again, Fox News - the real Fox "news" - is taking sides in the eternal religious war that Fox is fighting.
I say let them earn the land to place their crosses.
There’s nothing like personal responsibility to add a little spring to one’s step!
Let the town figure it out. It’s gonna be their memorial, not FNC’s or anyone else’s.