Appearing on Fox Business News’ “Mensa Meeting” on January 9, Bernard McGuirk opined that the members of the Satanic Temple who want to place a statue of Satan in the Oklahoma Capitol building, “should be able to put the statue up, and then they should be shot right next to it, and then we take it down.”
While not in total agreement, the other panelists seemed supportive of his remarks for the most part.
Deirdre Imus, showing her chops as a legitimate Mensa member, responded to Alan Colmes statement that the government has no business deciding which religion is a good religion and which is a bad one, repeatedly mispronounced Satanists and said, “The Satanists are anti Christian, that’s how this whole movement started.”
Of course this is not true, Satanists are actually very much humanist, their seven basic tenets are:
- One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
- The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
- One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
- The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
- Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
- People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
- Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Temple has spoken out in response to the inaccuracies portrayed by the panel, “Even the most basic and cursory perusal of our website could have served to correct these panelists. It is unconscionable that a news panel would express opinions without doing any research. Our’s is a philosophy that is meant to enrich lives and encourage benevolence. It is reprehensible that a nationally televised commentator could call for our execution regarding any item of disagreement, much less based upon entirely imagined presumptions.”
Lawyers for the temple have pointed out that people are often incited to violence by statements such as McGuirk’s and called on Fox to disavow the remarks and issue an apology. All that has been forthcoming from the network is silence.
When Raw Story contacted Fox for a comment they were told by a spokesman that the network, “was not about to dignify Satanicists [sic] by commenting on their nonsense.”
Watch the entire exchange in the video below.
h/t: Raw Story