The Bill of [Liberal] Rights vs. FOX News
I apologize for the length, but I’m simply appalled. All too often you’ll hear those on the left use the first amendment as a defense for the separation of church and state, but when it comes to freedom of the press, they switch gears and totally contradict themselves. Remember this? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” (Amendment I, U.S. Bill of Rights).
See, right there is says, “…shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” which means that the U.S. cannot (and should not) force citizens to believe in one, set religion. I’m not sure how that translated into “No Christianity and no God – anywhere!” but it did, so the majority of Americans who believe in a higher power – the majority of which are Christians – have to sit and watch a nation misguided, but I digress.
And I’m not exaggerating. A 2005 study by the non-partisan Pew Research Center found that “…there is [a]…widespread perception held by two-in-three Americans that liberals are going too far in trying to keep religion out of schools and the government.” In fact, 67% of respondents, to be exact, felt that liberals have gone too far in achieving these goals. Imagine?! Oh, and 64% of respondents believe that Creationism should be taught in schools as well, but that’s for an entirely different debate (one I’ve had before and one I’m sure to have again).
Look, I’m not advocating a forced religion for America; that would clearly hurt democratic components this nation has worked hard to instill. I’m simply worried that when someone sneezes I’ll lose the right to say “God Bless You.” Sigh.
Now, back to freedom of the press issues. So, MoveOn.org, the organization the works to mobilize Americans to vote for democratic candidates, is at it again. Only this time, instead of instilling democracy, they are working to impede it.
We all know that FOX News possesses a bias; it’s common knowledge. But, instead of embracing diversity like good liberals should, MoveOn.org has decided that it wants to go after FOX. Not only have MoveOn.org and other associated organizations and blogs successfully convinced Democratic candidates to not participate in any debates sponsored by FOX, they are now working to intimidate companies that advertise on the network. Classy.
Yup, MoveOn.org is working to instill true Democracy! Now, imagine this: I walk down the street marching against Air America. Liberals would have yelled and screamed that I was in direct violation of the first amendment — that I was impeding Democracy. Well, lucky for all of us Air America has totally tanked, so there was no need to picket, but still! (I’m kidding; I was glad that a liberal radio network got in on the competition).
If FOX had terrible ratings, MoveOn.org wouldn’t care, but that isn’t the case. Liberals are worried about the influence the network can and will have on voters, so instead of creating their own cable network they plan to intimidate, harm and ensure that only their view is heard. Ahhh, true democracy. First no God and now no FOX. I can finally get a good night’s sleep!