As Jon Stewart has said, "conservative victimization is the true genius of Fox News." And when it comes to conservative victims, none are more victimized than right wing Christians who are always given warm sanctuary on Fox. The newest Christian pity party, according to Fox, seems to be that the movie, "Noah," doesn't mention the word God. So, in order to advance what could be another Fox manufactured outrage, Fox reached out to two Catholic (the one true Fox faith) priests to advance the so called controversy which also serves Fox's anti-Hollywood and anti-atheists memes. Yesterday, lead Fox priest Fr. Jonathan Morris whined about this egregious violation. Today, on Martha MacCallum's alleged "news" show, second string and *very right wing Catholic priest, Fr. Gerald Murray continued the whine which, for Fox, is a big f_cking deal. Go figure!
This morning, after showing some video of Noah, Martha MacCallum reported that it has "hit some rough waters" before its Friday debut. The chyron, a thinly veiled attack on the film's director, read: "Noah Director Brags Noah Least Biblical Movie Ever." (Note, Fox has turned the director's statement into a "brag.") Sporting a great, big grin, MacCallum described the director as "an admitted atheist" before she read his statement. She tossed to Fr. Gerald Murray. (MacCallum, one of Ailes' stable of conservative Catholics, is part of Cardinal Dolan's circle of media pals.)
In revving up the Fox manufactured "controversy," MacCallum claimed that the movie "is getting a lot of attention and some if it is negative." In referencing the violence in the movie, Murray said that "it wasn't the kind of movie that we were expecting." Video was played in which the director explained that he was portraying a pre-flood "mindset" that had a "direct relation to the creator." (Oh, no, that evil word that poor, little Fr. Morris doesn't like!) MacCallum explained that the evil, atheist was responding to the question of "why there is no reference to God, at all..." (Oh, nooo)
Not surprisingly, Murray responded that it was a bad decision because Noah "talked to God, it says right there in the Bible, God's action is causing the flood." He accused filmmakers of using the bible to "get people into theaters" where they "get a completely different message." MacCallum mentioned that Muslim countries aren't showing the movie because of concern over the depiction of Noah. Murray predicted that Catholic and Protestants are going to "come down hard on this movie" (Jewish opinion isn't important?) and that "it's not getting good reviews among serious Christians." He accused Hollywood of making a "sacred text into a play thing."
Murray said that Noah's story is about "redemption" and condemned the "violence and hatred" in the movie, theologian McCallum said that it was "violence and hatred that caused the flood." While he spoke of how, in Catholicism, the Noah story is about baptism, the chyron gave the audience something else to be upset about: "British Paper: Film Director Calls Noah The First Environmentalist." MacCallum joked that "It's not like the song we learned in Sunday school..."
The question is who gives a crap about this? The answer is obviously Fox News? And BTW, as the SNL "Church Lady" would say, isn't it special that Fox and Muslims have something in common?!
*Note: Murray is a perfect Fox propaganda priest. When last on Fox, he pimped the right wing meme that Pres. Obama hates nuns. He also defended, on the Hannity show, Phil Robertson's homophobic comments because, according to Murray's church, being gay is "disordered." Murray appeared with Bill Donohue and Fox's Orthodox, right wing rabbi Aryeh Spero on Megyn Kelly's show where all agreed that the HHS birth control mandate was a "holy war against the Catholic Church." His anti-choice creds are impeccable as he gave the eulogy at the funeral for anti-choice activist Bernard Nathanson. He also scores high in the victimized, homophobic Christian category in that he told Megyn Kelly that gay marriage is an example of how gays are oppressing Catholics. And like his fellow f_ck the poor right wingers, he agrees with Bill O'Reilly that Jesus wouldn't support welfare.
However, my experience is that the Fox-loving versions of Newshounds are almost (not to say always) entirely dedicated to the expression of hatred in the most violent of terms, going at times so far as to wish death on the detested “others”, especially if the latter is not whiter than white and maler than male. The fact that those comments are rarely expunged from the site (unlike what happens to opposing views) suggests to me that the site owners actually prefer the rabid, hate-filled (mindless) comments, not discussion or debate based on the facts as known by either side.
I’ve not seen many people as soft-spoken as you seem to be on those sites. To view the difference between them and Newshounds, please do stick around for the next appearance of a Fox-defender who tries to participate in a real debate using only the “knowledge” acquired on Fox. Eye-opening is what it is. Eye-opening.
And it is that sort of thing that the First Amendment was written to protect. Not the rabid raging and raving that seems to be the normal fare on the sites preferred by Fox-defenders.