In the upcoming election, the Catholic vote is up for grabs. So who better to preach the right wing gospel than official Fox priest Fr. Jonathan Morris who, today, used his Fox pulpit to inform the Fox congregation that Democratic Veep candidate Tim Kaine is a very bad Catholic who shouldn't be trusted!
Anna Kooiman began by citing Clinton's and Trump unpopularity numbers. Tucker Carlson asked, "Is there anyone the American people can put their faith in?" Fr. Morris responded: "Don't put faith in any political candidate." Tucker Carlson: "That is the wisest thing I have heard in a long time." (This, on a network that openly has faith in Donald Trump!)
Framing the VERY IMPORTANT FOX MESSAGE - i.e. that Senator Tim Kaine, who is pro-choice, is a bad Catholic - Carlson asked "how can candidates say they're personally against something that they, in effect support?" The Tim Kaine bashing continued: "How can Tim Caine, he's not the only one to be fair, he says that he's personally opposed to abortion as a Catholic and, yet, he has a 100% rating from NARAL, the abortion lobby, and takes a ton of money from abortion providers. How does that work?"
Fr. Morris provided the requisite response: "He has also said, in the past, that he is against gay marriage [Fr. Morris' sister is in a same sex marriage] personally; but, publicly, he supports it. Morris noted that even though the Catholic Church opposes capital punishment, as governor, Kaine approved executions. Morris' attack on Kaine's soiled soul was obvious: "It's diabolical to suggest that, for example, slavery, if you say back in the time, slavery was legal. You could say I'm personally slavery, but, you know, it is the law and therefore I own slaves and support people and legislation that supports slavery, I don't think you can do it AND I DON'T KNOW HOW HE GETS AWAY WITH IT." (Note - this slavery argument is a staple of the anti-choice movement which equates abortion to slavery.)
Doing his trademark caveat, Morris claimed that he wasn't saying that Kaine "doesn't have other wonderful, spiritual religious qualities." He became agitated as he spluttered about how Kaine keeps talking about being personally opposed to issues, but publicly takes the exact opposite position. Morris stated that "we clearly need to call him out on that."
In response to Kooiman's question of church and state, Morris, whose Catholic Church seeks to abolish abortion rights, quoted the 1st Amendment's "establishment clause." He added, "Not the suggestion that somebody of religion shouldn't use their personal beliefs to try to promote what they believe in."
Koch tool Pete Hegseth babbled about rendering unto Caesar and how it's "freedom of religion, not freedom from religion." He blithered about evil secularism which caused the elimination of religion from the public square (not on Fox!) and asked how a politician could promote their faith without being "heavy handed." Morris' responded that "we have to choose the lesser of the two evils" even though he wasn't saying that any candidates are evil. (Uh, yeah, you are.) Then came the Trump/Pence endorsement, winkie, winkie: "We have to choose who will be better for our country than the other options."
Funny, GOP veep candidate Mike Pence's faith or lack thereof didn't seem to be an issue. Shouldn't Fr. Morris be concerned about a ticket that espouses banning an entire religion from entry into the United States? Oh, right, the lesser of the two evils. I get it....
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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