Mikey Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, squared off against Megyn Kelly tonight over his complaint to have “so help me, God” removed from the Air Force Academy’s honor oath. Rather than just let the Air Force decide the matter, The Kelly File deliberately decided to rile up its viewers by suggesting their (Christian) religious liberty is at risk. The result was a lot of snotty sarcasm from host Kelly who, at one point, sneered, “Mikey, chill. Chill. Come on. It’s OK. I’m just asking the questions.”
As reporter Trace Gallagher explained before Weinstein’s appearance, the Air Force is now reconsidering the oath, with a decision pending from the superintendent. But why wait to see what they decide when you can vilify someone with an opposing point of view in the meanwhile?
Kelly was not as antagonistic as she might have been. But if you compare her demeanor to that of her interview with hate monger Allen West the night before or discredited ACORN videographer Hannah Giles, it’s clear she had an agenda from the get go.
She set the tone immediately with her first question, “Why not just say to the cadets, ‘If you don’t want to say ‘So help me, God’ at the end of it, you don’t have to say it, that’s good enough?’”
Also telling was Kelly’s failure to reveal to her audience that Weinstein has solid conservative cred. He’s an honor graduate of the Air Force and a registered Republican who also served in the Reagan administration.
Fortunately for anyone who was less than impressed with Kelly’s phony objectivity, Weinstein was no shrinking violet. He started off by saying, “Well, of course, it’s always great to be here in Fox World. We do have this thing called the Constitution.” He proceeded to explain why he believes the oath is unconstitutional.
One other thing that I found telling: Kelly is an attorney, too. But she offered no legal opinion of her own. Instead, she stuck to her, “Why don’t they just not say it?” argument. Which makes me think she thought the law was not on her side.
Meanwhile, Weinstein came up with a good response: let whoever wants to say “so help me, God” say it and leave it out for those who don’t.
Instead of offering facts, Kelly mocked Weinstein’s use of the word “noxious” to describe the Constitutional violation when she ended the segment. Then she sneered, “Interesting getting your perspective. Thanks for coming here into 'Fox World.'”
As she cut him off, Weinstein shot back, “It’s a great world, up is down, down is…” We didn’t hear any more but I think we can all guess what he said
It’s not in the video below but Kelly mocked Weinstein’s use of the term “Fox World” again at the end of the show.
As for the “advancing a kingdom of evil” and “good and evil as reality you must believe in the notion” crap, you might want to reconsider your own beliefs. IF there is such a creator, why would he (or she) create good AND evil? What is the purpose of this created “evil?” Think about it (yes, I mean use that blob of gray matter in your head for half a second). Why would someone deliberately set out to create “evil?” And don’t forget that there’s been a lot of evil done, in the name of good. Thousands of innocent people were killed (by “good Christians”) for “witchcraft”; millions of innocent people were killed (by “good Christians”) in the name of their religious beliefs. The fact is that “good” and “evil” are merely CONCEPTS that result from HUMAN behavior. A spider that kills a fly for food is neither good nor evil. A wolf that kills a sheep for food is neither good nor evil. A human that kills a fish or cow for food is neither good nor evil (PETA notwithstanding). Even a human who kills another human is neither truly good nor truly evil—it depends on the circumstances. Unfortunately, humans are the only animals on this planet that have developed a code of ethics; the reason it’s unfortunately is because it forces a double standard. We allow murder to go unpunished if it’s done in “self-defense” or because it’s “retribution for a heinous act.” Murderers can go free because they’re wealthy enough to hire excellent lawyers who can convince a jury that the client is innocent while other murderers are executed because they didn’t have the mental capacity to understand their actions and they can’t afford someone to persuade the jury.
And as to the whole church/state issue, you are WOEFULLY misguided. Go back and read how life was in the American colonies. Go back and read how life was in England (or most anywhere in Europe) at the time of the American Revolution. The church WAS the state in many places; in others, the church DICTATED the state’s actions. The Danbury case, for example, was based on the actions of a group of BAPTISTS who opposed having to pay taxes to the State of Connecticut which used some of that tax money to pay preachers and laypeople of the established state church; that’s right—the STATE paid church leaders an official salary from government coffers. In Britain, the King WAS the actual head of the church (in fact, that’s part of the reason why a Catholic can’t be in line for the throne, even today, because the monarch is the head of the Church of England—Elizabeth II only acts in a titular role but is still acknowledged as the head of the Church; a Catholic monarch, however, couldn’t head the Church of England AND acknowledge the Pope as his/her spiritual leader). In France (at the time of the US Revolution), the Catholic clergy were actually seated in Parliament. In Spain, in Russia, even the Ottoman Empire, the monarch was there “by the grace of God” to be “God’s representative on Earth.” And if some of these Christian extremists had their way, the President of the US would be their version of “God’s representative on Earth.”
As for this whole “meet his maker soon” nonsense, that’s been spouted for more than 1900 years. It hasn’t happened yet; it’s not going to happen. Oh sure, the Earth may be destroyed but it’s not going to be at the hands of this imaginary wrathful being; if anything, it’ll be because nutcases like you do something stupid that causes the annihilation. (Unless an asteroid does it first.)
Fox “News” should be mocked. It’s run by amateur senior producers, producers and field producers who don’t have the skills to operate a lemonade stand.