Fox News: 'Reason' and the 'Age of Enlightenment' led to the Holocaust
The Republican party has consistently taken steps away from science over the years and the right-wing media is no exception. The leading voice for conservatism, Fox News, is once again pushing an anti-science message, this time tying in one of most tragic events in history with it.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx recently declared May 2 as both a "Day of Prayer" and a "Day of Reason," giving religious and secular Americans a day to promote their own values. Appearing on the Fox News show "Fox and Friends," the CEO of the Christian organization "Concerned Women for America," Penny Nace was asked by Fox News host Steve Doocy why she thought the mayor would tie both a religious and secular day together.
Fox News has had a history of attacking secular guests and coddling religious extremists. Before his death in 2011, author, journalist and atheist, Christopher Hitchens had multiple heated debates with Fox News commentators, most notably Sean Hannity. It's not surprising that Fox News would promote someone with anti-secular views, but to tie science and reason to something as tragic as the Holocaust might be going too far, even for Fox News.
“He comes from North Carolina, which has the 7th highest church attendance, clearly he’s not running for re-election since he’s up for transportation secretary...You know, G. K. Chesterton said that the Doctrine of Original Sin is the only one which we have 3,000 years of empirical evidence to back up. Clearly, we need faith as a component and it’s just silly for us to say otherwise....You know, the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust… Dark periods of history is what we arrive at when we leave God out of the equation.”
In 2003, the American Humanist Association and the Washington Area Secular Humanists created the National Day of Prayer in response to the group's accusation that the National Day of Prayerwas unconstitutional.
Many secular groups use the National Day of Reason to run food and blood drives, while others fight against their religious counterpart.
"'The National Day of Prayer' violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution because it asks federal, state, and local government entities to set aside tax dollar supported time and space to engage in religious ceremonies."