Fox News has never been known for their strong allegiance to minorities, but they don’t usually broadcast it so black and white. During a recent panel discussion, one host made it loud and clear that she stands with the majority.
Earlier this week a story broke out of Missouri where a local sheriff decided to put decals labeled “In God We Trust” on the back of the counties’ patrol cars. The news caused outrage among those who believe that, because the cars are government property, the term should not infringe on the separation of church and state. This topic was discussed on the July 27 edition of “Outnumbered” on Fox News.
When the topic was brought up, the first question was directed at the lone liberal on the panel, Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky. After slightly hesitating, Roginsky said that she was against the use of the labels even though the Supreme Court ruled it didn’t legally violate the separation of church and state. “I don’t agree with the court. Separation of church and state means if you want to put ‘In God We Trust’ on a bumper sticker and put it on your car, great,” Roginsky said, before noting “Don’t put it on my money, don’t put it on government property, take it out of the pledge of allegiance.”
These statements, as expected, caused an outrage with the rest of panel. “How do you think they purchased the cruisers? With Monopoly money?” co-host Andrea Tantaros questioned. Roginsky acknowledged that while it is technically legal, she believes it is “divisive” and “offensive” to atheists and other minorities who don’t believe in God. Fox contributor Andrew Napolitano said that the use of the term was so “passe” that it’s not really a big deal, but another panel member was beginning to get even more enraged.
Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt scrambled through her notes and pointing to a recent Pew Research poll that showed that 77 percent of Americans believed in God, while only 23 percent were atheist or agnostic. “If you don’t believe in God, why do you get so offended by the word ‘God'” Earnhardt said. Roginsky fired back, stating that “I do believe in God…but it is because we protect the rights of the minority.” This is when Earhardt lost it in a loud mini rant.
“What about the majority? I’m so tired of protecting the minority. What about the rest of the country, 77 percent!”
Whether or not you agree that “In God We Trust” should be allowed on the back of a police car is your own personal opinion. However, Fox News made it cleat exactly where they stand; with the majority and against the minority.