Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thanks, we've met

Somehow, it seems unlikely that the No. 4 story at the Fair 'n' Balanced homepage is actually about the historic first encounter between these two tribes. Church and state go back a long way together; even if the state no longer delegates minor stuff like the vetting of political candidates to the church, they still have well-arranged protocols for things like, oh, tax exemptions.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the subtext here is something on the order of Jackbooted State Thugs are interfering with the free exercise thereof, First Amendment-wise. Or you could read the lede:

A woman was arrested Tuesday after she began to tear down a display by the Satanic Temple in the lobby of the Florida Capitol.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that 54-year-old Susan Hemeryck told two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers that she "was sorry and had to take down the Satanic display", adding that it was "not right."

So it's less a church-state issue than a Breaking Other People's Stuff issue. Surely Fox is still holding the line on disrupting Christmas by breaking people's stuff.

And commas inside the quotation marks, please.



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