For Fox News, the 'Ground Zero Cross' or, as Fox calls it now, the "miracle cross" has replaced the so called "Ground Zero Mosque" as another flashpoint to be used in spreading the hateful gospel of Fox News. Whereas the Islamic Center "controversy" was used to feed the masses their daily dose of Islamophobia, the Fox generated "controversy" over this cross (two crossbeams in the 9-11 wreckage that became an object of Christian worship) is being used to reinforce the Fox message that atheists are evil and, in so doing, further create the societal division that Roger Ailes so loves. Not surprisingly, in Fox's ongoing outreach to conservative Catholics, official Fox priest Fr. Jonathan Morris, who sits at the right hand of Roger Ailes, has been brought in to defend the cross and attack those nasty atheists who, in fighting against the cross's placement in the publicly funded 9-11 museum, are trying to make things miserable for all those nice Christians who just love everybody!
Friday, on the allegedly "fair & balanced" America's Newsroom, Bill Hemmer reported on how the "cross," "a sign of hope" is the subject of a lawsuit by atheists who "compare it to a medical affliction." (That "dypsesia" thing that Megyn Kelly focused on in her recent interview) After he played part of David Silverman's commentary on Kelly's show, he welcomed his fellow Tim Tebow fan boy, Foxpriest Fr. Jonathan Morris who has, previously, claimed that atheists are "disrespectful." Hemmer cited the physical complaints alleged by the atheists. Morris didn't think the atheists have a case because this is history. and made a bizarre comparison of the "cross" to finding a picture of Freud in the wreckage of 9-11. Hemmer played video of Fox fave, Cardinal Timothy Dolan who supports the cross, labeled on the chyron as a "miracle cross."
Morris said atheists want to "ban public expressions of religion" in our society which is patently false. If Morris had bothered to read the court document, he would have known that the main concern centers on First Amendment issues - an Amendment not held in high regard by Morris who thinks God is mentioned in the Constitution and supports public school prayer. Hemmer repeated Morris' claim about the group's evil intentions. Morris reinforced the Fox message that the atheists are trying to "wipe the name and voice of God off of our American scene." Good Catholic bachelor Hemmer said that some folks are upset that the memorial has no "sense of religion or what comes after and the cross may be the only thing that represents that." (So the cross is religious?) Morris said "it's worth fighting for, this is America."
On his Sundays with Fr. Morris segment (Catholics own Fox Sunday?), Morris preached the same gospel after the godly gay basher Tucker Carlson invoked the script used by Hemmer; i.e. the cross was a "sign of hope." He added that it is now a source of "controversy" that is being driven by atheists. Morris gushed over how the steel cross beams became a source of "comfort and serenity" and a piece of history. He invoked the Sigmund Freud story that he used on Hemmer's show. As he was speaking the agitprop chyron read: "Stirring the Pot, Atheists Call for Cross Removal in 2011." After he described the cross as a place of prayer, Episcopal Church hating Carlson accused the atheists of doing a "publicity stunt." Morris agreed and noted, ominously, that it needs to be taken seriously because atheists have been successful in other courts. He then
repeated the official Fox/religious right propaganda message that he articulated with Hemmer:
"What they want to do is erase the name and the voice of God from every public sphere. They don't want any religious expression in the United States of America, that's their ultimate goal."
Constitutional scholar (not) Carlso hoped that the First Amendment would protect us "from the elimination of religion." (as if!)
So, uh, who is really "stirring the pot" here, padre?
There’s a Long Island cafeteria Catholic who wears a small, gold necklace with a cross on it. Apparently, that does not stop him from lying endlessly to the public.
They should change News Corporation/21st Century Fox’s address to 666 Avenue of the Americas. That’s more suited for all the evil coming out of this dark, horrid skyscraper.