On Fox News: Religious Intolerance Is An Atrocity Unless It’s Practiced By Christians

Last week Megyn Kelly of Fox News featured a segment that was crammed full of outrage over the bigotry demonstrated by the extremist ISIS brigade that is terrorizing much of Iraq. As ISIS marches through the nation that was fatally destabilized by George W. Bush and his confederacy of liars, any religious faction that is not aligned with the ISIS brand of Sunni Islam is dealt with brutally and mercilessly. This, of course, includes the Christians in the region. And it is the Christians for whom Fox News is solely concerned.

In a delivery dripping with fear, Kelly gravely reported on an alleged directive from ISIS that Christians in the city of Mosul “could leave, they could convert to Islam, or they could die.” This is certainly further evidence of the extremist intentions of the group and Fox News is correct to repudiate the threat as an assault on religious freedom.

However, there are a couple of problems with their newly acquired aversion to intolerance (a subject they generally dismiss as political correctness). For one thing, it never bothered them when conservative firebrand, and Fox News fave, Ann Coulter said pretty much the same thing, but with a somewhat different emphasis.

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Coulter’s doctrine on Islam that “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity,” is just as repugnant, bigoted, and hostile as that of the ISIS ultimatum. So why does Fox News tolerate hate-speech from Coulter that is identical to that of terrorist extremists?

It may help to understand the Fox editorial philosophy by noting that the “expert” Kelly solicited to analyze the events in Iraq was Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who immediately blamed President Obama for this rancid display of religious intolerance. In fact, Perkins and Kelly spent more time castigating the President than they did ISIS. This tells you who they really regard as their enemy.

Perkins, and the FRC, are notable for their place on the list of hate groups published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The FRC has been one of the most vicious opponents of the LGBT community. Their opposition is based wholly on their view that anyone who strays from the Christian dogma advocated by the FRC is deviant, sinful, harmful to society, and an affront to God. In other words, it is an entirely religious prejudice that condemns those with different beliefs. The SPLC’s report on the FRC begins…

“The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as ‘the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,’ but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.”

Despite their “Vision Statement” which calls for a culture in which “religious liberty thrives,” the FRC is unarguably a practitioner of religious intolerance. It’s sole purpose for existing is to rebuke those who fail to adopt their religious views. If a culture wherein religious liberty were thriving was truly their mission, there would be a place in it for those with whom they disagree. However, in that regard they are no different than ISIS.

It is telling that Kelly chose to invite the religiously intolerant Perkins to her Fox News program to discuss the religious intolerance of others. She might have considered people who are actually involved in anti-discrimination organizations, whose opinions would be more credible. That, however, would require her to violate the gospel of Fox News which demands strict adherence to right-wing, conservative, Christian principles. As I have noted previously

Fox News is the closest thing in media to a Vatican PR office, with a roster that is heavily weighted with Roman-Catholics. They include: Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, Brian Kilmeade, Andrew Napolitano, Jeanine Pirro, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Kucinich, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Father Morris. Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of Fox News parent News Corp was himself inducted into the ‘Knights of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great’ by Pope John Paul II. And if that isn’t enough, the current Senior Communications Adviser in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, Greg Burke, was previously the Fox News correspondent covering the Vatican, a position he held for ten years.

So remember this the next time you hear Fox News pretending to be the champions of religious freedom. Remember that their experts are actually bigoted hate mongers. Remember that their political commentators advocate genocide and ethnic cleansing. The only freedom that Fox News supports is the freedom to plaster the airwaves with lies and propaganda in the furtherance of the right-wing theocracy they hope to foist on America.


15 thoughts on “On Fox News: Religious Intolerance Is An Atrocity Unless It’s Practiced By Christians

  1. All those so-called Christians on Fox News need to read their Bible again. Matthew Chapter 7, Jesus teaching his disciples and a crowd. Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    What is the will of the father, the previous lines in the Chapter, judge not, do unto others as you would have them do to you, treat each other with respect, not follow false prophets (christian rhetoric). If these Fox people would really listen to themselves, they would surely hear the hate and bigotry in their voices, and their content. Someone like Coulter, needs to seek help, I think mentally she has been so brainwashed, she can’t stop herself from sounding this way, and its been going on for awhile. As for Perkins, they truly believe in what they are saying, because they have nothing else better. These organizations make money off of people that are weak and uneducated. They collect millions in offerings, and donations, and then file as churches for the tax exemptions. They live in beautiful homes, drive nice cars and wear expensive suits, while there congregation live in poverty. They thrive on fear, weakness and ignorance. And so does Fox News.

    • Ron White could not of said it better then anyone else” You Can’t Fix Stupid or disable Stupid? Just tie their shoe strings together and have a drink!

  2. I can’t explain it’ Sometimes I like to get Mad as Hell so I flip on Fox Melt down runway Models and yell like Sam Kenison at the T.V and then I feel Much better!

  3. I am amazed that anybody has to explain to Mark why this latest blog post of his is so stupid, dishonest and hate-filled. But let’s roll with the obvious.

    Yes, Ann Coulter says disgusting and offensive things, just like Bill Maher. (Apparently the two of them are friends – go figure.) But that’s it. She says offensive things, as opposed to ISIS who has made it clear that they will ACTUALLY KILL CHRISTIANS if they don’t leave or convert to Islam.

    The Family Research Council has made some wacko bird assertions about gay people, but they don’t call for gays to be killed. In fact, they had to endure that attack from Floyd Lee Corkins, who was planing on killing lots of FRC employees and littering their corpses with Chick-Fill-A sandwiches. Thankfully, he was taken down by a security guard who was shot in the process.

    Finally, Mark has a conniption fit over the fact that Fox News employs lots of Catholics?? Are you secretly a follower of Jimmy Swaggart?? That’s it, Mark. You have spewed lies (including the lie that FNC wants a theocracy), you have spewed hate, and now you have exposed yourself as a religious bigot. Democratic Underground has usually been the go-to website to see unbridled left-wing hate and filth, but they are starting to get some serious competition.

    I need a shower.

    • You read the article, purposely miss the points of argument, and then act outraged. You emulate the machine that fools you, and you’re proud to be fooled. How can your product be outrage when you feign even understanding the point? Your product is bogus because your tactic is to be obtuse, as if it’s a benefit. You let these things fly over your head and then act like your participation can still be relevant. It’s lazy. It’s a pass to just pretend to participate, and still hold the pseudo-feeling that you fought the good fight. Or at least an attempt at a pass.

      Weak. Just…super weak. You’ll get no more face palms from me, sir. I’ll forever see you as a child stuck at a gathering of adults, frantically playing at their thrifty attention with increasingly stacking frustration, because they’re busy with the higher adult things and are engaged with the gravity of meaningful conversation, not your need to pretend to participate with them, only ever amounting to an annoying distraction that requires the additional annoyance of having to exert an effort to ignore.

      • What I wrote was true. You know it was true. Mark tried to equate the vile and murderous campaign that ISIS is conducting on Christians with statements made by Fox News guests. Then he spits out this conspiratorial tripe about the number of Catholics at FNC, as if he is channeling Jimmy Swaggart and Dave Hunt (the religious writer, not the colonel). He keeps sinking lower and lower. No amount of holier-than-thou pseudo-professorial posts from you will mask this fact.

        • The article’s about the hypocrisy of the outrage of religious intolerance. He didn’t equate the ISIS campaign to the fox guests’ words as if their words equate to genocide, he equated their religious intolerance to each other. The point, was that they pretend to actually give a shit about religious intolerance, when they constantly PRACTICE religious intolerance. He backed it up. You see the title of the article??? You see that??? You MISSED THE POINT. Because you’d rather miss the point and get mad. You put more effort into MISSING THE POINT and building your argument from that than in actually trying.

          Conspiratorial? There’s no conspiracy in fox’s preference for an homogenous staff in everything they see as the correct politic to bloviate their whitewashing propaganda. They all say they’re conservative Christians, they always talk about conservatism and Christianity like IT’S CORRECT AND PROPER to go together like pb&j. They ALWAYS castigate, with cherry picked stories, OTHER religions. And then put Christianity on a pedastal, again, because that’s the correct and proper religion of the correct and proper good guys.

          I don’t know why I just gave you the cliff notes on this article, you’ll just be obtuse and act like missing the point is what you should really do. In playing the fool you allow yourself to find some way to take offense at anything there. Like I said above, it’s a way to pretend to participate. Take offense at something instead of actually participating, such a lazy tactic.

          Now go play with your blocks, Scott. The adults are engaging each other…

      • You know, I used to think “obtuse” described Scott accurately, but that would mean he’s acting ignorant and immaturely on purpose. It has become more and more clear that he has, in fact, been brainwashed into thinking that fox has anything significant to add to any conversation. He’s only missing the shaved head and the bundle of flowers to sell you while at the airport as they used to do back in the day. Anyone with their shit together would understand that this article doesn’t equate the actions that ISIS is taking against one religious sect with statements made by talking heads. You accurately point out Scott missed the whole point of the post; and that is the hypocrisy and intolerance that fox pundits demonstrate on this and a whole host of subjects on a daily basis.

        • Ah, your second response posted before mine did. But I like your take on him as well.

        • No matter how often the two of you keep trying to deny the obvious, it is there right in plain sight. Mark was absolutely putting up side-by-side the ISIS extermination plans and some comments made by people on Fox News. And he ended with full-blown anti-Catholic bigotry. You both are wrong. Done, finished.

  4. Never fear Christians!
    Fox ‘News’ to the rescue!
    Your God IS God!
    You are right & EVERYONE else
    on the Planet is WRONG!
    We got your back!
    Don’t worry!
    We all know Jesus was WHITE
    & Santa is WHITE too! So is the
    Easter Bunny & the Tooth Fairy!
    ‘Cuz we all know,
    WHITE makes RIGHT!

    • Wait a minute there” I’m White and I Hate whites” We are the white Devils of the World! The Point is that all Humans are destroying there selves and the Worlds Natural existence. Can Humans catch up to tech advances and sciences? The report is still out?

  5. It’s telling when ISIS is actually giving a choice of leaving, unlike the misguided FOX news people that only want to convert or kill. Ahhh, the Spanish Inquisition… miss those days, convert or die …

    Why does FOX news keep reminding me of Monty Python … “No body expects the Spanish Inquisition”

    • That is a lie. You know fully well that is a lie. You must be related to Mark somehow.

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