Fox gives religious liberty short shrift

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Cancelled religious freedom stamp

Cancelled religious freedom stamp

Cancelled religious freedom stamp

For all the huffing and puffing that the Obama Administration is bent on canceling our religious freedom, Fox questioners steered clear of the subject at last night’s debate. In two hours, there was but one question on the subject, posed by Megyn Kelly to Rand Paul:

Senator Paul, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage, Carol Fox on Facebook want to know the following. Quote, what will you do to ensure Christians are not prosecuted for speaking out against gay marriage and will Christians be forced to conduct business that conflicts with their religious beliefs?

Paul delivered a libertarian answer that could be interpreted as supporting the right of businesses not to conduct such business but then turned in a different direction:

Look, I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington. And if people have an opinion, it’s a religious opinion that is heartly felt, obviously they should be allowed to practice that and no government should interfere with them. One of the things, one of the things that really got to me was the thing in Houston where you had the government, the mayor actually, trying to get the sermons of ministers. When the government tries to invade the church to enforce its own opinion on marriage, that’s when it’s time to resist.

As for the candidates themselves, only Ted Cruz seemed eager to call attention to religious liberty, referring to his support for it several times and, in describing what he would do during his first day in the White House, saying, “The next thing I intend to do is instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS to start (sic) persecuting religious liberty.” Whoops.

In the preliminary event, Martha MacCallum tossed George Pataki a religious liberty caveat in a question about whether the government should be permitted to keep mosques under surveillance in order to root out terrorism. “And keep in mind,” she said, “that conservatives are increasingly concerned in this country with religious liberty.” Pataki allowed as how religious liberty “doesn’t include encouraging a fellow American to engage in violent jihad and kill an American here.” Otherwise, the participants who volunteered their concern with the issue were Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum.

So there you have it. I’d say that the wise heads and focus group gurus in the GOP have determined that alleged threats to their religious freedom are no big deal for voters this election season.

  • ben in oakland

    So rand Paul argues that the laws that we have at every level of government which prevent discrimination on the basis of religious believe he should be suspended in one case, and in one case only: Christians of a certain type, self righteous idiots all, should be allowed to discriminate against gay people,as long as they can claim it is about sincere religious belief.

    Even if it’s the only sincere religious belief they have.

    I see another Supreme Court case coming along.why, you’ dal most think it doesn’t about sincere religious belief at all.

  • “The next thing I intend to do is instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS to start (sic) persecuting religious liberty.” – Ted Cruz

    If Ted Cruz cares about religious liberty all he needs to do
    is uphold the US Constitution:

    First Amendment:
    “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion,
    nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.

    The minute you tell me I can’t do something because of a religion you are not asking for my respect but for my submission – and that won’t be happening.

    If Ted Cruz wants God’s law to dominate he can go to a different country which has no church/state separation.
    Sadly, the world is full of them.

  • Doc Anthony

    Fox News is often stereotyped as “conservative”, but the reality — and it’s no secret to anybody — is that Fox News is not nearly as “conservative” as people blindly assert.

    Sure, Fox is better than MSNBC — shoot, **anything** is better than MSNBC, a puddle of dog urine is better than MSNBC — but that doesn’t mean Fox is always conservative, and it ABSOLUTELY does NOT mean that Christians can trust Fox News or Fox Sports.

    Remember, Fox fired the college football broadcaster Craig James because James publicly commented in an interview (on James’ OWN time and dime, NOT while working or commenting at Fox) in opposition to gay marriage.

    So it’s NO SURPRISE AT ALL that Fox largely shut the door on the religious liberty part of the GOP debate.

    Christians (and all other world religions) may seek religious liberty, but Fox (and many members of the GOP, especially John Kasich) honestly do NOT share that goal.

  • larry

    Fox Entertainment and Fox News and Fox Sports have different management styles, Fox Entertainment plays to a wide audience politically with shows on both sides of the fence.

    Fox News is clearly conservative because it is the niche giving them the big ratings. But Fox Sports, which has to play to an audience much more varied than Fairly new Fox Sports would naturally run for cover when one of their announcers reveals himself to be a raging bigot. Sports sponsors don’t want to go near controversy and there is no way the network was going to put itself on the line for a failed politician of limited ratings value.

  • Jack

    ROFLOL — Atheist Max lecturing Ted Cruz on constitutionalism is like Mickey Mouse lecturing Dr. Ben Carson on how to perform brain surgery.