Wonder if Gretchen Carlson thinks that our nation's Civil Rights laws are just responses to "political correctness?" I ask because the former Miss America and Jesus BFF seems to think that a Vanderbilt non-discrimination policy, which was put in place after a student was expelled from a Christian fraternity because he was gay, is just a silly example of "political correctness." Despite her claim that Fox & Friends is "fair & balanced," this morning's "PC Police" segment was the sixth in a series of attacks on Vanderbilt which included a statement, from Fox priest Fr. Jonathan Morris, that the leadership of "Vandy" is "slimey." Once again, sweet lil Gretch misrepresented the policy in focusing on the bogus meme that it will allow atheists to run prayer groups. Once again, no mention of how religious anti-gay sentiment runs counter to a non-discrimination policy. And for the first time, Gretch let us know what she really thinks about inclusivity. Can we say agenda? Bueller? Bueller?
After showing the "PC Police" graphic which is affixed to jail bars and is accompanied by a siren sound, the Christian warrior princess reported that that they have been reporting (!?!) on how the "PC Police are trying to take over Vanderbilt and forcing a new policy which would allow atheists to run prayer groups." She had her I-am-so-f'ning-pissed look on her pretty face as she noted that in addition to students and faculty, "alumni are speaking out, too." She sweetly introduced her guest - ready for it - an alumni who was past president of the Vanderbilt College Republicans. After Gretch did the Fox "reach around" (anchor "explains" and guest validates) by "explaining" that her guest, Christian Lanier, was alarmed, he responded that it was "very disturbing." The Fox & Friends narrative was reinforced with his seemingly scripted statement that "this is political correctness on steroids."
He complained about the "absurd" idea that religious groups have to take - wait for it - atheists. Atheist fighter Gretch said that "it sounds crazy" and that "back in the 70's, when you were at school, it wouldn't have happenned." (Oh, ain't that the truth!!! Back in the good old days, the LGBT community had no protections.) She asked "what's changed." (Uh, a climate of tolerance and concern for basic rights?) And is if reading from the right wing gospel according to Fox & Friends, he responded "the war on religion by the left" who "want to root out religion from our society." The chyron was a classic Fox lie: "Vanderbilt's Religious Policy, School Bans Groups From Choosing Own Leaders." As stated by Vanderbilt Provost Richard McCarty, "Registered student organizations must allow all students to be members and to stand for election as leaders." Election - no ban.
Gretch commented that Vanderbilt is "sticking to its story" and read a comment from the school. She then brought home the Fox propaganda bacon: "It seems that in our society today, we're sort of confusing discrimination with, ha, differences in opinion, differences in the way we live our lives, differences between men and women. Are we going to come to a place in society where everyone gets into everything? I mean that's why we have different schools and higher education etc." She did her best quizzical look.
Gretch said correct, when he claimed that Vanderbilt was thinking of "applying prohibition against sex discrimination against fraternities and sororities." Wrong, Gretch, General Counsel and University Secretary David Williams cited Title X which allows such discrimination based on gender. She smiled and nodded her head as he blamed "liberalism and authoritarianism run amock."
Can't you just see Gretch, sipping her mint julep at the "whites only" club, somewhere in the South in 1962, talking about school desegretation. "Why I do declare, are we going to come to a place in society where everyone gets into everything. I mean that's why we have different schools...Now, fetch me another drink, (fill in name of black serving person)."
I also wonder if Gretch is aware that Catholics and Protestants typically have different standards for prayer? I mean, I was under the impression that most Catholics do the “cross one’s self” thing when praying, something that NO Protestant (unless playing a Catholic character in a film or TV or stage play) would ever do. Not to mention the fact that Catholics have prayers that are specific to Mary and the Holy Spirit and consider prayer to the various Saints as having an equal standing to prayers to God and/or Christ. Want to get evangelical panties in a bunch? Watch a Catholic offer up a prayer through “the Blessed Mother” or to “Saint whomever.” (The phrase, “If looks could kill,” comes to mind.)
Of course, it is rather telling that Gretch is ONLY focused on the “atheists in charge of prayer groups” strawman, rather than the “Christians trying to discriminate against gays and call it religious freedom” reality of the story.