The phrase," the Republican party at prayer," was once used to describe Episcopalians. But now that this denomination has gone liberal, that descriptor could describe the Catholic Church whose bishops were fan boys for Mitt Romney and the GOP because of Democratic policy on reproductive rights which includes the mandate for health care plans to cover sinful slut pills. Given Fox's hatred of the Obama administration and Roger Ailes' love for the Catholic Church, it was no surprise that Fox *pimped the bishop's opposition to the mandate and nobody, in Catholic Foxworld, represented this evil policy more than the Little Sisters of the Poor whose refusal to sign their exemption form is going to the Supremes. Fox did six segments which, in peddling misinformation and lies, included the suggestion, by "straight news" host Megyn Kelly, that the president hates nuns and Tucker Carlon's accusation that the nuns are on Obama's "enemies list." Kelly openly sided with the nuns whose cause is "on the side of the angels." Last night, Kelly continued her crusade for the poor, little, Poor Little Sisters.
She began with tear jerking video of a little sister talking about how they share Christ's love with the frail elderly. The video's ending visual was "The government shouldn't punish the Little Sisters for living out their faith." Kelly didn't mention that the video was done by the conservative Catholic legal firm, the Beckett Fund, which is representing the nuns. Kelly informed us that, as promised, she was providing an update on "the legal battle pitting the United States government against the women you just saw." (Fox does love its inflammatory battle imagery especially when it comes to the nun hating Obama administration.) She continued to pull the emotional heart strings: "Nuns, who have devoted their lives to helping the least of these."
Almost shouting, Kelly reported on how the nuns are fighting for their "religious freedom" so "they are not forced to provide contraceptives through their insurers or pay enormous fines under Obamacare." She played video from her recent interview, the second, with the nun's attorney, Mark Rienzi who reported that his group has officially filed their appeal so that the nuns "can get back to caring for the elderly poor."
Kelly provided the propaganda message:
"So the Obama administration is not backing down on its demands that the nuns should just sign the form that will allow the contraceptives to be delivered by somebody else." FACT CHECK - the nuns' insurers, the Christian Brothers, are already exempt and do not provide birth control coverage.
As they spoke, the Beckett Fund's video played in the background. Rienzi continued to paint the Obama administration as cruel oppressors of sweet nuns, who care for the poor and whose fines, if enacted, will go to the - wait for it - the evil IRS.
Kelly wanted to know how the nuns are doing, now that they're "embroiled in a national controversy" which, of course, is only a "national controversy" on Fox News. Rienzi said that they're not happy being "put in a position by an aggressive administration." Kelly cocked her head and visibly sneered as he spoke of how the evil Obama people will take the nuns money if they don't "yield."
So now Fox News is concerned about "the least of these." Aren't all these elderly on a government "entitlement" (Medicare, Medicaid) and thus, "takers?" Rienzi, in claiming that the government says that the forms don't matter, didn't tell the whole story because the real reason why the form doesn't matter is because it has no impact on religious freedom but in order to secure their religious freedom, they have to sign it. Good divorced and twice remarried (neither in Catholic Church) Catholic Kelly, said it was "good to see" Rienzi and that she will be following the case.
So now Fox News is concerned about the "least among us" who, being on "entitlements," are "takers?" It's a complex world.
Maybe Megyn doesn’t do her own taxes, but you’d think she at least takes a LOOK at the forms. (Oops. “Forms.”) For starters there, of course, the paper you fill out is a “form.” Now, the gov’t doesn’t really care if you fill out a form UNLESS you owe taxes (if you’re due a refund, then you’re not really obliged to fill out a tax return unless you want that money). To prepare that return, you also need a “form”—a W2, to be specific—which your employer sends you, summarizing the amounts of money you were paid and how much money your employer withheld for various things (Fed/state taxes, health insurance premiums, etc). Then, depending on which particular “Form” 1040 is used, you may need a lot of other “forms”—there’s a form for special deductions, a forms indicating special income (such as winnings from lotteries and casinos as well as interest and dividen income), a form indicating first-time homebuyer credits, a form for child-care expenses, forms dealing with capital gains and losses, etc.
If you do large volumes of business mailings and you want to get a special rate for that, you go to the Post Office and fill out a “form” or two. For-profit companies can get special rates based solely on the number of letters or pieces you plan to mail. For non-profits or not-for-profit entities, another form needs to be used affirming the nature of the business (such as charitable work or government work).
To adopt a child, you have to fill out a “form.” To start up a business, you have to fill out a “form.” If you want the ability to leave the country for a short time and then return with minimal difficulty, you have to fill out a “form.” If you want a credit card or open a bank account, you have to fill out a “form.” To work for someone, you have to fill out a “form.” (Well, with the latter, maybe not—I’m guessing to work for FoxNoise, you just need to do “special favors” for Rupert or Roger or both.)
Oh. And one would think that ATTORNEY Kelly would be aware of the importance of filling out forms. Attorneys may have different terms for them, but the legal system can’t work without “forms” of some variety or other. All that paperwork is one “form” or another. (And even if it’s just something as simple as a “letter,” if it’s not produced in the correct “form,” then the court may not accept the piece.) Oh. She might want to remember that the “marriage licenses” she’s had are basically “forms.” And that divorce she got from hubby #1? Another “form” had to be filled out to start the proceedings and a “form” had to be signed to finish the process.
So why should the nuns be exempt from doing something that’s a standard part of virtually every part of modern American life?