A group of Oklahoma Satanists announced last year that they planned to donate a monument next to the state’s ‘Ten Commandments’ display. Trusting in the fairness of Oklahoma’s Religious Display legislation that allows the Ten Commandments slate (and presumably the display of other religious monuments) the group has moved forward with the unveiling of the monument’s design–a statue of Baphomet surrounded by children–truly testing Republican lawmakers’ commitment to the democratic process.
FOX News, of course, has many issues with this, but Gretchen Carlson has taken the opportunity to use the occasion to unfairly demonize (see what we did there?) atheists in an “accidental” tweet.
While disparaging atheists is not new to FOX News, Carlson has perhaps become the first to “take back” what, to them, would be a negative remark directed toward non believers–though she would not apologize for her words.
Carlson received a good amount of backlash for the remark, including a rebuke from American Atheists’ David Silverman. Eventually, she became “fed up” with the negative responses to her mischaracterization of the freethinking community.
Many of the more reasonable segment of society, of course, called her on her inability to distinguish between Atheists and Satanists, either as a result of her employment with the propaganda wing of the Republican party, or from too much paint huffing (paint huffing unverified).
Obviously not used to being challenged when she misrepresents facts, she became slightly unhinged in a followup tweet.
The jury’s still out on both of those claims.