Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church, thinking that the Church is at its best when it is passive and not offending anyone’s sensibilities.
– FoxNews.com News editor, Adam Shaw
The rise in popularity of Pope Francis in 2013 has created a very challenging proposition for Fox News, a supposedly pro Christian organization that relentlessly attacks the non religious. The problem with the new pope is that he prescribes a version of Christianity that actually has something to do with the teachings of Christ, and not a convenient ideology wrapped around ethnic and political culture. Pope Francis has vehemently attacked capitalism and the worship of wealth as profoundly un-Christian values, a direct rebuttal to the Fox News that views self interest and the pursuit of material gain as integral to Christianity. Francis has also urged Christians to stop judging gays, reach out to other religions and focus on the plight of the poor – not exactly issues the news network are known for covering favorably. As Andrew Sullivan writes:
When you absorb the constant racial undertones on Fox, and its constant worship of the god of money, when you absorb their long list of fears about the “other”, whether immigrants or gays or the poor, when you recall their glee at the torture of human beings, or their passion for the death penalty, you can’t help but wonder if they are not one of the most powerful forces against Christianity in our culture.
The right wing ideology that permeates the organization favors the strong over the weak, the rich over the poor, and the majority over the minority. In other words, the exact opposite of those Christ told his followers to dedicate their lives to. In a rational world, following the teachings of the religion you follow would make you an example, not a ‘a disaster’, as Adam Shaw tells us. And in a rational world, doing the exact opposite of the teaching of your religion would exclude you from it. But luckily for Fox News, it has created its own reality where greed, power, and fear of other are moral virtues – a religion conveniently designed for its demographic of angry white Americans.
Jesus would be so proud.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.