Father Jonathan Morris is a frequent (and paid) Fox News contributor and he routinely says really dumb things. But in a segment on Fox and Friends about the Satanic mass in Oklahoma City last weekend, which he wanted shut down by the city, he can’t even come close to a coherent position on the issue.
Morris acknowledged that Satanists had a “political right” to worship, but he said that the city also had a “responsibility to defend the good governance of its people.”
“Anybody who walks into a crowded theater and yells ‘Fire!’” he continued. “Do they have a right to do it? Yes. Free speech? No! Why? Because you’re inciting violence.”
“When you have a group that does this, not just because they want to do their own little worship, but they are provoking anger and hatred among the community, the city can step in and say, ‘That’s not worship, that’s not free speech, that’s mockery, and you’re inciting violence!’”…“But what if I want to go and desecrate a Koran out in front of my church?” Father Morris asked. “What if I want to speak pro-Nazi stuff right in front of my church and get people all fired up on a public sidewalk? I think at some point government has to step in the name of free speech.”
This is downright embarrassing. He thinks they have a right to do it, but shouldn’t be allowed to do it because it has something to do with shouting fire in a crowded theater (and it doesn’t). And the government should prevent them from doing it “in the name of free speech.” He’s a moron.