Atheist Gets Kicked off Fox News Show

I don’t actually watch any television news shows anymore but I found this story here and there and I thought it was interesting. On a segment of a show called “Follow the Money”, hosted by Eric Boller reported on the efforts of the Freedom from Religion Foundation to compel a town in Texas to take down a nativity scene. Eric Boller interviewed Dan Barker, and the exchange became so acrimonious that Boller told him to leave, after only three minutes.

During a dialogue with FFRF spokesperson Dan Barker (who is married to FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor), “Follow the Money” host Eric Bolling was so dumbfounded by the group’s anti-Jesus views that he ended up booting the atheist-spokesperson off of the program. Mediaite’s Colby Hall called the moment a “‘War on Christmas’ miracle!”

At the center of the discussion was a Texas nativity scene that the Madison, Wisconsin-based FFRF has been demanding be torn down immediately. During the dialogue, Barker claimed that America is not a Christian nation and that the nativity should not be present on government property. He went on to say that the nativity represents “an insult to human nature that we are all doomed and damned.”

It was this comment that commenced the uncomfortable exchange between Bolling and Barker. “Sir, I have to take exception to the way you’ve described the nativity scene. It’s not an insult. It’s certainly not an insult to me. I’m a Christian,” Bolling explained. “It is an insult, sir,” Barker countered. At this point, the interview continued, as Bolling sought to move on to another question. But it didn’t take long for Barker to, once again, push Bolling’s buttons.

“Why was Jesus born? To save us from our sins. What an insult that we are degraded, depraved human beings — that Jesus created a hell — a place or torture,” Barker quipped. “And how would you feel if you didn’t believe that… superstition?”

Bolling interrupted the insults and abruptly ended the interview. Here is the video.


Conservatives seem to be overjoyed that Dan Barker was asked to leave. I am not so sure it was the right thing for Eric Bolling to do. This is sure to be spun as “ignorant Christian throws Atheist off show because he can’t stand the truth”. Still, notice how quick Barker was to resort to insults, when they weren’t necessary and even when asked to stop. I have to wonder, what is it about these people that they seem to be so angry and bitter? What knid of a person looks at a nativity scene and thinks it is an insult to human nature? This is one of the reasons that I am not an atheist. I always assumed, perhaps wrongly, that people in possession of the truth would be happy. I also have no desire to join the legions of the permanently aggrieved.

One interesting point. That town in Texas said they would take down the nativity scene when Hell freezes over. According to Dante, the bottommost circle of Hell, reserved for traitors, is frozen.

And, regarding Benjamin Franklin’s religious views, they are actually hard to categorize. He wasn’t an Atheist, or even a Deist. He  admitted in his autobiography that he explored Deism in his youth but found it was not “useful”. He was not an orthodox Christian. The best I can tell is that Franklin was a practical worldly man who valued religion for its role in upholding public morality rather than for any spiritual truths.

Still, in the spirit of the holidays, I would like to suggest a compromise. The Atheists should let Christians put up nativity scenes to celebrate Christmas, and in return the Atheists can pick one day out of the year to celebrate Atheism and put up any appropriate displays. I suggest April 1.

10 thoughts on “Atheist Gets Kicked off Fox News Show”

  1. What insults me is when people demand that others hide their faith from view. The Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders, Nazis, Soviets and others attempted to do this to the Jews. Atheist oppression of Christianity is little different.

    I wish people Merry Christmas in the hopes that one day I offend someone, just to tell them off.


  2. Yes, because requesting that someone not insult you in public then ending the conversation after they do nothing but continue to insult you is oppressive.

    You, sir, are dictatorial scum. If Hell exists, you deserve to do some time there for your oppression of faith.


  3. Justin, please be nice. Dan happens to be my twin brother and he is trying to aggravate us both. I wouldn’t let him if I were you. You should probably just ignore him.

    Dan, you can say what you want on your own blog, but try not to be an angry jerk here. That would actually be good advice for life in general. Speaking of angry jerks, you might want to consider whether an organization that goes out of its way to offend and alienate as many people as possible is likely to be very effective. I personally believe that good humor is a better way to get people to see your side of things than angry ranting, but I could be wrong.

    Also, since I have your attention, I wouldn’t pay too much attention to anything Michael Moore has to say. The man is a liar and a hypocrite. For all of his criticism of capitalism, he is in no hurry to give away his fortune or emigrate to such Socialist paradises as Cuba or Venezuela.


    1. My apologies, I haven’t been sleeping well for the last few days and I’ve gotten a bit testy.


  4. bad behavior aside, I don’t really think it is too much to ask that religious displays be restricted to private property. If the display were in someones front yard or at a church, then there would be no problem, at least there would be no legal cause.

    Having lived in Utah and taught courses to Air Force personnel and there dependents, I was involved in more than one discussion about how both adults and children were ostracized because they were not Mormon–or how what is fundamentally a Mormon religious holiday is also a state holiday–or how their children were subjected to Mormon religious teachings in school because teachers felt compelled to include references to the Book of Mormon or whatnot.

    Christians are not different. They are as blind to how their invasion of government looks to people who are of different persuasions. If this is difficult to understand, move into a small town in Utah for three years. Send your children to school, and try to find a place of worship.

    This is why most of that 16% atheist community is completely unknown to you. You think they are all angry. Not really. loosing faith is often a long and thoughtful process of decades. After having built a life, a career, a family, in a religious environment, the risk of telling the truth is quite apparent.

    Some are lucky enough to have friends and family who understand.

    Many of them keep going to church so as not to lose their jobs or their families, Very few talk about it publicly, if for no other reason than to keep a few friends, false as they may really be. You might not CALL them atheists, but atheism includes the range from those who “don;t give a shit” through those who have lost their faith to those who are angry about having religion forced upon them.The few who speak out angrily (like the relative minority of Christians who do the same) can afford to do so, often because they have already lost much because of their lack of belief, or because they are in the midst of the struggle to free themselves from religion, which sometimes involves rebuilding life from scratch.

    Once past that stage, however, life calms down for most. There is too much life to live to let the little intrusions bother you. Some people will never understand and some things will never change. The solution then becomes to follow the simple admonition of Jesus: do not cast your pearls before swine. .


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