Unbelievable! The Fox & Friends curvy couch Christians are constantly whining that the Obama administration ignores the plight of persecuted Christians. So you would think that they would be happy with the State Department's 2013 report on international religious freedom which is a comprehensive account of religious persecution and violence around the world. Think again. This morning, in a stunning example of how the Obama administration will never be able to please Fox News, Fox friends Peter Johnson Jr. and Steve Doocy scoffed at the report (which they misrepresented) because it didn't offer any concrete solutions to the problem when, in reality, it discussed what is currently being done - but that's not enough and it's all Obama's fault. Talk about making lemons out of lemonade!
Uber Christian soldier Steve Doocy began by mischaracterizing the State Department's "report on religion and its worldwide demise." (The report is about violations of religious freedom - not its "demise.") After asking what the report's recommendations were and how the situation can be improved, he set the propaganda message with "it didn't really say." (The report provides information on what is being DONE) Continuing the line of agitprop, he introduced uber Catholic Knight of Malta (and Roger Ailes' personal attorney) Peter Johnson Jr. to tell us "what the administration is not doing to improve faith abroad." The chyron mischaracterized the report as being about "failing faith."
Sir Peter reported that the report issues a "failing report card without any prescription to improving the grade." He cited examples, from the report, of declining Christian population due, as in Nigeria, to internal persecution. (He didn't mention that the report also describes problems experienced by Muslims and Hindus). He also noted that there is a growing feeling, among European Jews, of anti-Semitism. His last example was about how, in Egypt, there have been attacks on Christian facilities. (He didn't mention that the report describes how, in Egypt, "Muslim men stood in front of a Catholic church to protect the congregation from attacks.") He gave the impression that these were the only countries represented when there were a number of others.
Johnson snarked that the report has "come up with a prescription to combat this." Doocy said, "oh, good." Johnson sarcastically claimed that the report says "speak truth to power" by "using this report to defend religious freedom." (Johnson mischaracterizes the report which isn't recommending anything, but rather stating the reality that "our officials are charged with speaking truth to power, promoting accountability and redress for injustices, and helping the global community connect with and understand the plight of members of little-known groups in far-flung places.") In cropping sentences from the report, he described recommendations that were, as in the above example, statements of what the Department is currently doing such as "through various programs and resources, speeches and statements, campaigns and multilateral resolutions, we are intervening on behalf of oppressed communities and individuals." His visual listed the bogus "recommendations."
As the chyron totally misrepresented the report, "Losing our religion, rpt: faith worldwide is in sharp decline," (the report is about religious conflicts and how governments are not addressing them) Johnson made the bullshit claim that the report suggests that American "moral suasion is going to end all this."
Almost hysterically, Doocy said that "75 percent of the people across the globe live in countries that don't respect religion and that's what they come up with?" After blithering about John Kerry, Johnson told a nice, Christian lie when he claimed that the report "points to nothing tangible, concrete, substantive, and effective to stem the tide of discrimination, in the world, against religions." Really, how bout "U.S. officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, using foreign assistance funds provided by the State Department, are implementing a training program in various countries in all regions of the world to assist governments in training local officials on enforcing non-discrimination laws and in cultural awareness with religious minorities."
I guess our favorite Maltese Knight wants Obama to call a new crusade? But really, as information, this piece was absolute crap - but as propaganda, priceless!!!!