Given Megyn Kelly's ability to advance right wing propaganda and lies, it's only fitting that Trish Regan fill in for her. Check out Regan's validation of Joe Kennedy, a Christian coach who is suing the school district after he got bounced for leading public school students in public, Christian prayer. But not to worry, Fox has his back!
Last year, after Kennedy was put on administrative leave over his refusal to stop his public Christian prayer he made the rounds on Fox News. Now that his contract has been terminated, he is suing the school district and is back on Fox for more cheerleading. On Tuesday's Kelly File, 1993 Miss New Hampshire Trish Regan described how Kennedy's situation "set off a national debate about religious rights when he was FIRED...for engaging in a prayer of thanks" after football games. She reported that he is suing his school district and asked Kennedy why he was fired.
After Kennedy told us that he had "to choose between his faith" and all that goes against it, she explained it all for us: "You were basically going to say a prayer at the end of the game and THEY SAID YOU CAN'T DO IT?' Kennedy: "yes." Regan spluttered, "You know, look, hah, this wasn't something that you were asking students to get involved in, eh, it was just something that you were doing on your own?" Kennedy said "right" and explained that he's been doing this for eight years and that kids, "who have the freedom to do what they want," have willingly joined him.
Reagan asserted "it looks like the school did allow and I'll ask your lawyer this, Michael it looks like the school did allow somebody else to pray, somebody who was Buddhist, an assistant coach was allowed to pray, but your client wasn't." FOX PROPAGANDA ALERT- In making Kennedy's claim into a FOX FACT, she didn't mention that this assertion is straight out Kennedy's complaint and not something that the school has corroborated. Kennedy's attorney, Michael Berry, claimed that Kennedy has been "singled out," in effect saying that "if you talk to God, you're going to be fired."
Further validating Kennedy, Reagan asked if schools and companies "have a responsibility to accommodate somebody's religion." She cited a case involving Muslim workers who need to pray five times a day - as opposed to Coach Kennedy who was not required to pray at the 50 yard line. To her question of whether Kennedy should be granted a religious accommodation, Berry said that it was requested, but subsequently denied and now Kennedy needed "to choose between his job and his faith." Regan continued to splutter as she expressed indignation over "why they did this to you." Kennedy couldn't come up with anything other than "things went south" with the school district.
Working in a VERY IMPORTANT FOX MEME, Regan said that "there has been a lot of concern about THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS POLICE, you're a Christian who is trying to pray, A BUDDHIST WAS ALLOWED TO PRAY, you're not allowed to pray, do you have any suspicion that it was people being, um, overly politically correct, not wanting you to pray because you're a Christian." Kennedy spoke of how, as Americans, we shouldn't hide our faith. Regan got cute and coy as she asked if Joe would really want his job back "after all that's happened." After he said that he would, she wished him lots of luck.
As in all the other segments, there was no discussion of the 1st Amendment ramifications and no mention of other court cases involving public school prayer. As in all the other segments, we see that there ain't no party like a persecuted Christian party. And in this segment we see that Trish Regan can bring it!
Oh, and Edwin, get some help with your English. Kinda lets you down in the getting-people-to-take-you-seriously department.
And it mostly, imho, boils down to this segment’s topic: political correctness. Archie Bunker working class, poorly educated, heterosexual whites are tired of others getting coddled by the government with privilege while they are suppressed by political correctness from mouthing off and fighting back. Trump, hate radio, and Fox are their champions.
This coach is perfectly able to pray on HIS own time, wherever he chooses but he’s NOT allowed to do so in his position of AUTHORITY (ie, “coach” duties).
For all the deflection of the “freedom” he claims the kids have, they don’t have it in reality. There’s such a thing as “peer pressure.” If you’re a NON-CHRISTIAN, and you exercise your “freedom” to not participate, you’re going to be made to feel like an “outsider.”
That’s why the courts have generally ruled in favor of STUDENT-LED prayers in schools but have been less willing to support AUTHORITY-LED prayers (such as from teachers or principals).
If the “Coach” could prove his students wanted to lead the prayers, he’d have a case. But since it’s “Coach” who’s leading the prayers, he doesn’t.
Oh. “Coach” might want to read his Bible for a little guidance when it comes to prayer. There’s a little story that a nobody named Jesus tells about a guy who makes a big spectacle out of how he prays in front of everybody compared to some weasel who prays quietly, trying hard to not draw attention to himself. And this guy, Jesus, seems to think far more highly of the little weasel’s quiet prayer. Sheesh, you’d almost think this Jesus guy was the son of God or something.