Fox News contributor Dr. Robert Jeffress, who is head pastor of one of the most prominent megachurches in Texas, insisted on Monday that Jesus would not have wanted his church to promote health insurance that provided comprehensive birth control coverage for women.
Host Steve Doocy pointed out on Monday’s Fox & Friends that the Department of Health and Human Services had recommended that churches encourage their members to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the end of the open enrollment period.
A press release from the Washington, D.C. insurance marketplace even quoted the Bible: “The body is a temple and must be ensured.”
Doocy asked Jeffress to explain why he “refused to partner with Obamacare.”
“You know, when most people come to church, they come to hear a timeless word from the Lord, not the latest word from Washington, D.C.,” Jeffress opined. “And I realize that many bureaucrats confuse themselves with the Almighty, but there really is a difference between the two.”
“The problem I have with this is Obamacare is not an idea or a suggestion, it’s a governmental mandate, and if you don’t participate, you get fined. If you don’t pay the fine, you go to jail. And I just don’t think the Church of Jesus Christ ought to be an extension of the federal government to enforce it edicts.”
Doocy said that the “political left” often charged that conservative policies “were a violation of the separation of church and state.”
“So, now the state is asking the church, ‘Hey, we need to boost these numbers, you got to help us,'” the Fox News host quipped.
“That’s right,” Jeffress agreed. “And I want to remind people that many of us have a problem with Obamacare because it provides for abortifacients, abortion-inducing [birth control] drugs. In fact, it’s not just secular employers, this administration was trying to push religious organizations to provide abortion-inducing drugs, and they would have done so if the Supreme Court hadn’t slapped their hand in the Hobby Lobby case.”
“I think people do need health care,” the pastor added. “The body needs to be more than insured, it needs to be protected against destruction and death. I just think it is ironic that the most pro-abortion administration in history would cite a [Bible] verse that extols the virtue of life.”
The Fox & Friends segment did not mention that the DHS “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit” proposed that churches put on a health insurance fair on December 14, 2013 — which was over two years ago.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 16, 2015.
Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report
Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
‘You can say Merry Christmas again’: Lara and Eric Trump declare victory in the War on Christmas
For years, conservatives have complained about a "War on Christmas" -- but President Donald Trump finally won the war, according to his son and daughter-in-law.
Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro interviewed Eric Trump and his wife Lara in Trump Tower, which Pirro called the "New York White House."
Pirro told the two they had "done wonderful things for the country" and said Trump had ended political correctness and people could say "Merry Christmas."
"You can say Merry Christmas again," Lara Trump said. "Isn't that so nice, Jeanine?"
"It's incredible," Eric Trump said. "It is nice to say Merry Christmas again."
‘Donald Trump was right from the beginning’: Jeanine Pirro tells Fox News audience the opposite of reality
Less than two hours after a guest on CNN warned that Fox News is a threat to national security for its lies to support Donald Trump, Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro appeared to prove his point.
Pirro went on an angry rant in her opening, claiming that the DOJ inspector general report showed bias, despite the fact that the report found the opposite.
Regardless the facts, Pirro claimed that President Donald Trump had been vindicated.