In any discussion of religion, who better to provide Fox News with incisive commentary than Kevin Sorbo a washed-up actor whose credits include "Hercules," "Andromeda," Kull the Conqueror," and this year's boffo Christian hit, "God's Not Dead." And lest you think that Sorbo's cosmological grasp is wanting, he has earned his Fox Christian creds by denouncing atheists and, in keeping with millennia of anti-Semitic Christian tradition, has provided his theological opinion that Jews are Christ killers. And while he doesn't share uber-Catholic watchdog Bill Donohue's view that Hollywood Jews love anal sex, he ascribes the lack of Christian movies to, uh, the Jews who "run" Hollywood! Today, as #oneluckyguy, he shared his deeply Christian views with his fellow Fox Christians and for that we are deeply thankful.
Sorbo began the discussion with data from a recent Pew Poll which shows that while a majority of Americans believe that religious influence is declining, an increasing number believe that churches should be involved in politics. Sorbo, whose devout Christianity led him to describe Ferguson protesters as animals (he did apologize) immediately pimped the awesomeness of "God's Not Dead." He informed us that there is an audience who want this kind of movie. He agreed with those who want churches involved in politics and, in showing his keen grasp of American history, said that the Constitution was "founded on religion." (Uh, Kevin, try the Enlightenment and BTW, no mention of God in the Constitution).
After blaming the mainstream media for causing people to lose their religion, he worked in the requisite Fox atheist bashing with his question about why atheists are "so angry at something they don't believe in." He asked why they have "the power to take down Nativity scenes in front of buildings" because they are offended. (Uh, Kevin, the power rests in that Constitution which you don't seem to understand.) He added that it "offends 90% of the people that it's taken down."
The crew discussed the popularity of religious programming and movies which they attributed to people's "hunger" for religion. Devout Muslim hating Andrea Tantaros mentioned that the Pope is "injecting his opinion on politics and people seem to like it." (Not Rush Limbaugh who thinks the Pope is a Commie!) Kennedy echoed the anti-pope sentiment in the right wing when she said that although she likes Pope Francis, she thinks "he's a bit of a socialist."
The discussion got metaphysical with commentary about how people are searching for meaning and how worship can fulfill that need. In advancing the patented Fox anti-atheist message, Kennedy advanced the popular right wing trope that atheists are turning atheism into a religion - a ridiculous assertion because atheism is an individual belief without dogma or ritual.
Sandra Smith either realized that time was running out in the segment or she was told by a producer that she had to include another patented Fox propaganda meme. She worked in the Obama-hates-religion message with her comment about survey data which indicates that more people see Obama as "not friendly towards religion." (The number of those who see Obama as "friendly" towards religion dropped from 37% to 30%) In a page out of the Fox playbook she speculated that Americans "feel that their religious beliefs have been attacked by the current administration."
Sorbo opined that folks "want their churches to fight back." He criticized "pastors who aren't teaching the Bible the way it should have been taught." (Move over Martin Luther, Kevin Sorbo wants a new Reformation?) In keeping with another Fox talking point, he blamed these false teachings on political correctness and exhorted pastors to bring people back by giving them hope.
Right, if we all followed the very Christian gospel according to the very Christian Kevin Sorbo, the world would be a much better place. Obviously, the very Christian Fox "News" thinks so.
2. Name recognition
3. Christian values
4. Market value
Old Herc can replace the aging Billy or Photo Op Hannocchio for less money. The Second Floor would choose Herc in a heartbeat over the combative Billy.
Hercules will be back again on Fox.
Is this the kind of “fighting back” that Sorbo is advocating?