While what a Maryland school district does with its school calendar is none of Fox's business, it, as a way to advance Fox memes, has created a "controversy" about how nasty Muslims forced the school committee to drop the religious labels off of the district's calendar - a move that Steve Doocy thinks will confuse people who won't know when to celebrate their holy days! As Newshounds Ellen reported, even Bill O'Reilly is in on the newest faux outrage which he deftly connected to his patented "War on Christmas." This morning's Fox & Friends continued its obsession with the school district's assault on religious holidays, particularly the Christian ones. And, as did O'Reilly, they connected it to the "war on Christmas" which, this year, will be won by Christians who have Kirk Cameron and his new Christmas movie as their champion!
The segment, of course, was part of Fox & Friends patented "Fight for Faith." (Fox does love that battle imagery!). While the chyron, "Calendar Controversy, MD School Erases All Holiday References," set the message as a Fox News "controversy," uber Christian Ainsley Earhardt reported on how a Maryland school board voted to get rid of religious references on the school calendar. Uber Catholic Steve Doocy noted that the decision comes after local Muslim leaders requested that at least one of their holidays be recognized by the school district. He asked if this was "the right way for the board to respond to remove all the holidays from the calendar?" (Oh, nooo, Jesus is weeping!)
Uber Christian and Episcopalian hating Tucker Carlson introduced their guest - drum roll please - uber homophobic Christian and former child star Kirk Cameron who has, in the past, graced the set of Fox & Friends with his theological acumen which includes a defense of his homophobia. Cameron will soon be releasing his new movie, "Saving Christmas, Put Christ Back in Christmas" which admonishes Christians not to believe that pagan stuff about Christmas having pagan origins. On his Facebook page he encourages us gals, as the "keeper of the home," to be joyful and do lots of cooking and decorating at Christmas time. Not coincidentally, half of his Fox & Friends interview was devoted to pimping his movie.
After some vapid banter about how sweet lil Ainsley had a childhood crush on Cameron, he demonstrated the religious profundity that he is noted for. He claimed that the school board vote was an example of Washington DC's "godlessness" because Montgomery County is near the Capital. He quipped "if the Grinch showed up in a city, it would probably be that city." Carlson: "No question about it." (Carlson lives nearby DC in Virginia!) Cameron gushed about how in Jesus' very own heartland, "we celebrate Christmas" and, most importantly, say Merry Christmas. Despite the reality that only the names of the religious holidays are being removed, the chyron advanced the Fox's popular persecuted Christian meme: "Removing Religion MD School Board Makes Calendar Faith Neutral." (Of course, the kids are still free to celebrate their religious holiday but whatever...)
In keeping with the right wing meme that the nasty Muslim, secular, and gay minority are ruining things for Christians, Earhardt asked Cameron what he thought of the "minority affecting the majority." Cameron made the bogus and bizarre claim that "education is ultimately religious." As a reminder to keep hate alive, the chyron read "Calling for Inclusiveness, Muslims Ask For Equal Recognition of Holidays." He claimed that "when you pull religion or faith out of schools, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place" and that's why he and his wifely handmaiden have provided the kind of education "that Christmas cannot be removed from." The curvy couch kids kept muttering assent during his homily which included encouraging folks to send their kids to private schools. Despite the reality that Christmas is still safe in Maryland, the chyron read "Cancelling Christmas, Religious Observances Stripped From Calendar."
The rest of the segment was devoted to Cameron's Christmas movie which the chyron describes as "The Truth About Christmas, Movie Debunks Myths About Holiday's Origin" and "A Movie With A Message, Gives Biblical Basis For Christmas Traditions." (It's actually on Jesus' documented birthday, Kirk says.) Much of the discussion was about how his brother-in-law is a total schmuck about Christmas. At the end of the show, Tucker Carlson admitted that he had posters of Cameron on his wall. (Wonder if he still does?)
Fox & Friends actually takes Kirk Cameron seriously. Seriously?