OCALA, Fla., May 7, 2014 — Megyn Kelly is well on her way to becoming Fox News’s most popular host.
Her weeknight current events program, unsurprisingly titled The Kelly File, beats all others aside from Bill O’Reilly’s preceding hour. Considering that O’Reilly has dwarfed his competitors on other networks for years on end, this says quite a bit.
Among the topics which Kelly tears into with her blunt, if not aggressive, presentation style is Christianity in the U.S. military. Shortly before last week’s National Day of Prayer, this attained special focus.
Blogger Priscilla of the anti-Fox website News Hounds reported that “(a)fter showing treacly video of a guy asking his god to watch over the military and school children praying that – wait for it – their school department ‘selects a curriculum that is honoring to you,’ Kelly dramatically reported that OMG the National Day of Prayer has ‘come under attack from an atheist group’ that ‘is now demanding that no uniformed military personnel be allowed to participate in this event claiming it violates Defense Department regulations.’ She introduced Dr. and Mrs. Dobson who are closely connected to the National Day of Prayer.
“In prefacing her question to Dr. Dobson (formerly of Focus on the Family, now with a radio ministry) she cited how Fox nemesis Mikey Weinstein (Head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, ‘challenges a lot of events.’ She summarized Weinstein’s position. Dr. Dobson, former head of Focus on the Family who now has a radio ministry, Family Talk, dismissed Weinstein as just ‘one loud voice’ and a ‘professional atheist’ who is ‘paid a very large salary.’”
Weinstein, a Ronald Reagan Administration appointee and former Air Force Judge Advocate General, was not pleased. He had his lawyer send a legal notice to both Kelly and Dr. Dobson, claiming that they were saying legally actionable falsehoods about him.
“I think that Megyn Kelly is to professional journalism and professional journalism ethics what Clive Bundy and Donald Sterling are to race relations in this country,” Weinstein tells CDN. “I have no problem, you know, you probably saw the letter that our lawyers sent to her and to Fox, copying to Dobson. I have no problem with a knock-down, drag-out debate about these issues, but when you lie and you tell people over and over again that I’m an atheist or in the case of Dobson, calling me a ‘professional atheist’, and that we’re an atheistic organization, that does two things that are particularly damaging.
“Number one, it tends to incite even more threats against me, my family, and our foundation. We do represent over 37,000 active duty members of the U.S. military, 96 percent of whom are not atheists; they’re Christians, they’re Protestants or Roman Catholics. We do have just under 800 atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, et cetera, but that tends to already further incite already unstable people. It’s an out-and-out lie. Now, I know I’m a public figure, which means I have to show reckless disregard for the truth, and that absolutely is reckless disregard, so that’s why this shot across the bow from our lawyers, which is ‘Don’t be doing that again — ever again’.
“Secondly, if you go on military installations around the world, and we have about a thousand of them in 150 different countries….not to mention ships at sea and airplanes….the one network news show that you’ll see on in common areas or even with commanders….the commissary, the barbershop, wherever you go, is Fox News. Given the fact that most of our clients happen to be Christians and they keep hearing Fox News with this unlawful lie machine, this echo chamber of ‘Mikey is an atheist’….and our organization is ‘atheistic’….Not that I have anything against atheists at all.
“I have atheists in my family. I keep trying to become an atheist, but I’m someone who still prays….three times a day in Hebrew. I’m a Jewish agnostic or a Jewish secularist or whatever. I am not an atheist. I keep trying to get there but I’m not there yet, but if you’re on a military installation, where 80, 90 percent of the time when you look at a TV it’s Fox News, and you’re a typical potential client of ours — a Protestant or Roman Catholic — why, that’s an obstacle to want to contact me or our foundation, if you’re thinking that I’m an atheist or our foundation is only for atheists. So, Megyn Kelly is a liaress; she is a liar — female version, ‘liaress’.
“The Dobsons are fundamentalist Christian supremacists and they want to exclusively push their version of Christianity, which we view as being the Christian version of the Taliban. They are not people of the cloth that care about other people; they are fundamentalist Christian bullies and Megyn Kelly and some of the folks at her pathetic network — at Fox — are providing a platform for these fundamentalist Christian bullies to terrorize and oppress so many others that are….young men and women who are putting their lives on the line to protect our country and our country’s social contract….the U.S. Constitution, which includes a bright line separation between church and state….and also includes Clause 3, Article 6….no religious tests in this country.
“So, that’s what I think. I think that Megyn Kelly is a pathetic and disgusting entity that continues to spew absolute and total lies. The Dobsons are no better. They’re disgraceful and wretched and hideous in what they do, and we’re not going to put up with that anymore.”