♫ And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
Two steps away from the county line
Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,
Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel 1970
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Constitution of the United States Article 6 Paragraph 3
Yesterday MSNBC made clear where its customer base is as host Joy Reid discussed the Hobby Lobby case. (emphasis mine)
The court that will decide includes six Catholic justices, some of whom have not been shy about asserting their religion. And all of this is taking place as the country becomes more secular. Even as the fervently religious fight even harder than ever to push creationism in taxpayer funded schools, and on science TV shows. And where the question of corporate personhood has gone from whether the railroad has to pay its taxes to whether corporations can be religious people. The question is do you trust this court to make those decisions?
Now there is an obvious point to make concerning such a statement that Yid with Lid has already alluded to. If the host of the show had substituted: “Muslim”, Jewish”, “Black”, “Gay”, “Atheist”, “Hispanic”, in place of “Catholic” the outrage of the left would be incredible and the demand for both an apology and the firing of Ms. Reid would become a cause célèbre among all the right people but as her statement concerned Catholics, and more importantly believing catholics this shall not happen because as I’ve asserted before, the common thread of the left is the targeting of Christianity.
What I find more interesting is the video itself.
That is a long speech to make and Ms. Reid is clearly reading from a teleprompter as she delivers it. That means it that speech was written, edited and loaded into the prompter for her to deliver. Since it makes assertions concerning court cases and had video of quotes from said cases would have gone through editors and producers before it began to roll on that screen for her to read.
Yet not a one of them suggested this might be a problem, Nobody figured it would offend their Catholic audience in general or Latino’s who are highly Catholic in particular. Nobody thought the clear mandate of the Constitution concerning religious tests would make them look foolish, nor did they think there was any chance of a backlash might cause trouble for a relatively new host.
Or if they considered any of those things, they decided the need to defend the White House would be more important to their audience than any such attack on religion.
And it’s worse than that. The TV industry is constantly in flux, one day you have a job the next you don’t. Yet not a person on that set figured that their boss, or an official at NBC or someone from the corporate ownership at Comcast might decide that mainstreaming a modern version of “know nothingism” on a major cable network under their name would cause any problems for their brands.
I suspect they will get more critique for having Jazz Shaw of Hotair on Morning Joe today then they will for the acts of Joy Reid yesterday.
This says something both about the culture at MSNBC, the perception of its audience and their ownership and what it says is not good.
Update: Creative Minority Reports says:
I, as a Catholic, can honestly say no. I don’t trust this court at all. Sonia Sotomayor? Uhm no. Anthony Kennedy? Not exactly. I don’t trust John Roberts either.
It’s worth noting that the six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court rarely reach any kind of consensus, unless it is a consensus shared by the whole court. Reid bases her argument of religious bias on literally nothing at all but her own prejudice. One suspects it’s because of the desperation the Left has over the Hobby Lobby case and the HHS mandate in general, but it may just be that Reid has a bias against Catholics in public life apart from this, too.
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