As a a devout Christian, Ainsley Earhardt is just fit to bursting about a Christian boy who, despite being late for school, stopped at the school door to pray and, drum roll please, say the Pledge of Allegiance - a moment that mom just happened to catch with her camera, posted on Facebook, and which is now going "viral," praise Fox News Jesus!
The now famous photo of young kindergartner Royce Thompson doing his patriotic, Christian duty, is now the hottest thing for the Christian right. So it's not surprising that their media mouthpiece is promoting this patriotic, Christian moment that is sure to make you feel proud to be a white, Christian, American.
Yesterday, during a brief Fox & Friends "headlines" segment, Royce was introduced to Foxworld. Fox's Jackie Ibanez reported that even though Royce was running late for school, he stopped outside the school door in order to say the Pledge of Allegiance and a short prayer. Ibanez editorialized that credit was due to Royce's mom because she "raised a good boy."
On this morning's Fox & Friends, both Royce and his mom spoke to a gushing Ainsely Earhardt, a committed Christian who sees no problem with public schools endorsing Christianity. She began, "a moment of prayer and patriotism warming hearts around America." She showed the photo of the praying, Pledge saying kid and noted that it has "gone viral." Video was shown of Royce describing his prayer of thanks. Earheart reacted: "Wow."
Royce's mother, Heather, explained it all happened. When she said that she was "really proud," Earhardt responded that "you should be really proud, you've done well, mom." When Earhardt asked Royce why he did that, he was at a loss for words and asked his mother, "do you know why." (Mom wouldn't have coached the kid, would she?) Earhardt prompted him with the question of whether he did it because he heard the Pledge on the school's sound system. Royce said that he "just did it."
When Earhardt asked him what he said in his prayer, he responded that the prayer was silent. As the banner proclaimed, "Keeping the Faith," Earhardt wanted to know what his teachers and friends are saying because "thousands of people have seen this." Royce couldn't come up with an answer, but mom said that "he's made everybody proud with his heart and his love for God and country."
When Heather said "it's awesome," Ainsley repeated the phrase and interjected that "people are trying to take prayers out of school and your son is bringing prayers into the classroom." MEMO to AINSLEY: First, school prayer was stopped by a SCOTUS decision a long time ago. Second, the kid prayed outside the school door, not in the classroom. To Ainsley's question about how Royce learned to be so proud to pray, mom said he learned it at home where "we represent prayer." Earhardt said "that's great" and "God bless you both." She encouraged Royce to "keep praying and keep saying that "Pledge of Allegiance, standing up proud, we're proud of you."
While, according to allegations, Fox News "operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny," it still loves God and country. As the "Church Lady" would say, "isn't that special."
Minor quibble, but it does rankle me seeing Fauxbots like Ainsley Whatsername being described as ‘committed’ Christians. They work at Fox, for Christ’s sake. How about self-proclaimed, loud-mouthed, or even apparent?