If there is any doubt as to which master Father Jonathan Morris serves, check out the official Foxpriest, on Sunday's Fox & Friends, where he preached the red, white, and blue gospel of Donald Trump and other assorted right wing dogma.
The very patriotic segment began with President-elect Trump braying, during one of his victory tour speeches, about the awesomeness of America - or, as described in the banner, Trump "Touts America First Message." Fox Friend Abby Huntsman asked, "What is wrong with an America First policy?"
Fox Friend Clayton Morris asked if Trump's perceived nationalism is a problem.
A beaming Morris effused, "Not only is it not a problem, but I would say that government officials have a responsibility to put their country first." He opined that while the choice shouldn't be between isolationism and interventionism, the country is like a family where the parents (political leaders) need to take care of the kids (citizens). In continuing the family metaphor, he added that the American "family" should, if they have the resources, help their "cousins" in the rest of the world. In working in the VERY IMPORTANT FOX MESSAGE, he asserted that even though "we're all a human family and we can't say only America, but yes, we can say America First."
Given Fox News' obsession over those nasty, anti-Trump flag burners, the rest of the discussion was not surprising. Abby Huntsman asked Morris for his "take" on those who burn the American flag.
Morris said "it's disgusting."
After asking "what message" is being sent, Huntsman went on a little rant about the awesomeness of the flag.
Fr. Morris thanked God that "we're in a country that's run by the rule of law." Morris took a page out of the Fox script when he parroted a phrase used by another anti-flag burning Fox & Friends guest: "Just because something is legal, it doesn't make it right." Morris said, "We have to remind ourselves that we need citizens of virtue" (Like our president-elect who brags about sexually assaulting women?) and if we don't, we "go off track." He repeated the VERY IMPORTANT FOX MESSAGE: "Yes, we have to respect the right of free speech but that doesn't mean that it's a good thing."
Cohost Pete Hegseth worked in a canon of right-wing orthodoxy when he talked about the awesomeness of America and how, in other parts of the world, Morris wouldn't have the freedom "to do what you do." (You mean serve as a conduit for a political party?)
Morris articulated another canon of right-wing orthodoxy with his comment about how America is "exceptional." He asserted that while we have responsibility, "we have priorities."
Nobody mentioned that "America First" was a slogan used by American Nazi sympathizers. But I guess if you're pimping the patriotic presidency of Fox's great white hope, Donald Trump, it's all red, white, and blue.
Watch it below, from the December 4, 2016 Fox & Friends.
Morris is saying that xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, racism and the other general hatreds fomented by the Right are fine and dandy, so long as we wrap them up in the comforting flag of America First. Check.
And he’s saying that dissenting speech is not a good thing. Hmmm. So what does Morris say about the Right Wingers who spent 8 years viciously attacking Barack Obama, calling him every racist name they could, calling him a socialist, calling him a secret Muslim, and saying that he wasn’t even born in the USA, as Trump happily fomented himself? Was all of that the kind of free speech that Morris approves of?
I would greatly appreciate having five minutes to discuss this with Morris, to see if he understands the sheer mountain of hypocrisy he is purveying.
So how come you’re not respecting it? Oh I see, it depends on who’s “free speech”?
Whenever a man or woman of the cloth mixes with social justice Fox News spews all sorts of nastiness from their diapers. When Father Morris departs from Christ’s teachings to read the script Fox’s producers used to write for Trump’s weekly Thursday “Fox & Friends” visits no problem.