Less than a week ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt, a right-wing chaplain known as “Dr. Chaps,” appeared on Ed Schultz’s MSNBC program and was rather embarrassingly defeated in a debate over Obamacare with the show’s host and writer-humorist John Fugelsang. Schultz and Fugelsang teamed up to challenge Klingenschmitt on both his distortions of the facts on the Affordable Care Act and on the incongruity of his rhetoric with traditional Christian values of “healing the sick” and “feeding the hungry.”
Either Schultz knows a good potential for social media virality, or Klingenschmitt really is his favorite chew toy because Dr. Chaps was back again last night, as was Fugelsang, and the result was about as “rinse and repeat” of the last Klingenschmitt appearance. Fugelsang and Schultz both in last week’s appearance and last night’s episode tried to nail down the chaplain on why he thinks his religious views coincide with denying health coverage to 30 million people. “The moral case is that you’re living on fairy dust and empty promises, ’cause that hasn’t happened yet,” shot back Klingenschmitt when pushed for an answer. Schultz was quick to point out it hasn’t happened mainly because the ACA isn’t fully implemented and the exchanges don’t open until October.
Fugelsang drew a biblical analogy as to why some on the right feel they can belong to a church with a much more populist core of beliefs than they hold politically, which seem to be much more profit and capital driven. Fugelsang said .
It’s folks who want to worship Jesus in their private life, but they want government to worship the golden calf.
See the full exchange below: