Fox News host Gretchen Carlson complains: Courts listen to non-religious minorities

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, December 6, 2012 23:56 EDT
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Amid a segment on The O’Reilly Factor about the so-called “war on Christmas,” Fox News co-host Gretchen Carlson suggested Thursday night that the problem was caused because courts were willing to listen to complaints from religious minority groups.

She explained that courts ordered religious displays at public buildings to be removed “because we listen now to the less than 1 percent in society that feels this way.”

“It is usually one complaint that changes it for the majority of the people who have enjoyed it for their lifetime,” Carlson continued. “I don’t remember these complaints when I was growing up. I don’t remember any of them, and now what will my children be fighting for?… This is what we’re doing now. We are pandering to the political correctness of a very few groups of people and I believe a lot of it comes down to the litigious nature of our society as well.”

Earlier in the segment, Fox News legal analyst Jeanine Pirro said the First Amendment prohibited government from preventing the establishment of religion — not prohibited government from the establishment of a religion.

“But the interesting thing about this is that the First Amendment has the Establishment Clause and it says there is no way that you can interrupt the establishment of a religion or prohibit the free exercise of religion,” Pirro explained. “It doesn’t give you freedom from religion, and that is what my objection is.”

The U.S. Supreme Court has long held the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from endorsing or promoting religious beliefs, including through public displays that convey a religious message.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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