Tucker Carlson’s Christian Privilege On Display

Tucker Carlson, one of the most irritating little twerps in existence, is upset at the idea that non-Christians get to put up holiday displays. He thinks Satanists should be banned from putting up displays alongside Christian displays because Christianity is a “legitimate religion” and Satanism is not.

x News host Tucker Carlson argued over the weekend that a Satanist holiday display should be banned from the Florida state Capitol where a Christian nativity had been erected because they did not practice a “legitimate religion.”

Last week, the Satanic Temple won the right to place a display of an angel burning in hell alongside other holiday displays in the Florida Capitol building after officials initially rejected it, saying the Satanic message was “grossly offensive during the holiday season.”

“I’m assuming that there aren’t a ton of Satanists in Tallahassee,” Carlson told Bible Based Church Pastor Darrick McGhee on Saturday. “I’m assuming there really aren’t any at all, and this is purely an attempt to stick a finger in the eye of Christians in Florida.”

“So the rationale here is that Satanism is legitimate religion,” the Fox News host complained…

“I mean, this is just an inability to draw reasonable distinctions between reality and what is a pretty offensive prank,” Carlson concluded.

The irony, of course, is that the Satanist display comes straight out of the Bible. And guess what? The government doesn’t get to decide what is a legitimate religion and what is not.

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  • marcus

    That “Satanic” display is awesome! The cotton-ball clouds, the cheap angel figurine, the cardboard box, just awesome! I couldn’t have done better myself. (Honestly, I really couldn’t, I suck at that kind of thing.)

  • Evan Brehm

    I’ll bet Tucker Carlson still has delusions that he’s a libertarian despite advocating authoritarian measures here.

  • matty1

    Where in the Bible is the bit about an angel burning in hell? As far as I’m aware the fallen angel version of the Satan myth is not in the Bible, although it is in the Quran, which kind of makes me wonder about Milton’s sources.

  • zippythepinhead

    Ed: “straight out of the Bible” … eh … not the King James Bible. The display depicts a scene from Paradise Lost. Milton certainly got his ideas from ancient apocalyptic writings (such as Book of Jubilees?) … Please more scholarly types correct me.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    While it’s not officially in the Bible, the Fall of Satan and his allies has become a part of the traditional Christian mythos.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, like a Hannity with the edges rounded off he does have one of the most punchable faces in media. You’d go on FoxNews and spout ignorant Christian supremacy garbage, too, if they were the only ones who wouldn’t take a poke at you.

     

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    I don’t know what his excuse is the rest of the time, though. He’s just an asshole, probably.

  • caseloweraz

    Now let me get this straight: Tucker Carlson looks at a display featuring a rebellious angel burning in the pit of Hell, and he finds this offensive?

    What can we conclude from this?

  • Randomfactor

    Thank goodness we have the government to tell us which religions are legitimate.

    While the scene may not be strictly out of the Bible, and the Isaiah 14 quote about “how art thou fallen” refers to someone else, I think the typical Christian would say that it IS in the Bible and cite that chapter.

  • rod99

    There are often legal reasons why it isn’t important whether a religion is real or not, but the Satanic Temple seems to be made to make political points. The first point on “Our Mission” is

    The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. In addition, we embrace practical common sense and justice.

    As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate in public affairs wheresoever the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights. As Satanists, we all should be guided by our consciences to undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual wills. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the highest aspiration of humanity.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    rod99 “There are often legal reasons why it isn’t important whether a religion is real or not, but the Satanic Temple seems to be made to make political points.” (emphasis mine)

    And yet the Southern Baptist Convention is a lobbying organization for angry, scared old white men, and no one bats an eye.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BillWareTN billware

    ” The government doesn’t get to decide what is a legitimate religion and what is not. ” Yes, nor does the government get to decide the requirements of a religious leader. Remember how Cassius Clay declared himself to be a Muslim when he got his draft notice? Louis Farrakhan promptly declared him an Imam which allowed him to claim the clergy exemption from the draft. He was convicted as a draft dodger as this was obviously a ruse. Years later he was cleared by an appeals count which declared that it was not for the government to determine how religions choose their leaders. That’s how I got my minister’s certification from the Universal Life Church so I can perform gay marriages when they become legal here in Tennessee.

  • moarscienceplz

    “I’m assuming that there aren’t a ton of Satanists in Tallahassee,” Carlson told Bible Based Church Pastor Darrick McGhee on Saturday.

    I’m assuming there aren’t a ton of people with the first name ‘Tucker’ so I propose a law where everyone named Tucker should have a bucket of ice water poured into their bed every midnight. All in favor?

  • cptdoom

    “Little twerp” is totally accurate. I’ve seen Carlson, George Will & Men Mehlman in person and realized they all suffer from what I call “little man” syndrome – the need short men have to overcompensate for their stature by being total a-holes. It’s very common among coxswain.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    cptdoom “‘Little twerp’ is totally accurate. I’ve seen Carlson, George Will & Men Mehlman in person and realized they all suffer from what I call ‘little man’ syndrome – the need short men have to overcompensate for their stature by being total a-holes.”

    Just like the Ewoks.

  • hunter

    “The government doesn’t get to decide what is a legitimate religion and what is not.”

    And neither does Tucker Carlson.

    Besides, I always thought Satan was a Christian deity.

  • hunter

    By the way, Satanism is a real religion, founded in 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey.

    http://churchofsatan.com/

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Shorter Carlson: part of my mythos is not as real as the other part of my mythos.

    Actually, they are both equally real: zero = zero.

  • tfkreference

    As an ordained priest of Dudeism, let me say to Tucker, “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “I’m assuming that there aren’t a ton of Satanists in Tallahassee,” Carlson told Bible Based Church Pastor Darrick McGhee on Saturday. “I’m assuming there really aren’t any at all, and this is purely an attempt to stick a finger in the eye of Christians in Florida.”

    I’ve got a crazy idea that just might work. How about we not allow any religious displays on public property and instead just put banal decorations up at city hall and various other government buildings, and then let churches and private residences to put up whatever kind of religious display they want? That way, the vastly greater number of Christians can show their support for their favorite savior and let the community know about their superior presence. That will totally show the Satanists!

  • hrafn

    Neither the Christmas story (census and all) nor the placement of it in December have much (if any) “reality” to support it, and pagans would probably consider the hijacking of their mid-winter festival to be “a pretty offensive prank”. Pot, meet kettle.

  • howardhershey

    Satan (at least in the Bible) heroically gave us the “knowledge of good and evil” that God did not want us to have, with God preferring ignorance and blind obedience. And, unlike God, Satan did not commit such ‘pranks’ as asking Abraham to kill his son, just because He could ask for it with a “Never mind.” and hardy laugh after Abe shows his willingness. Boy, did Issac ever get a different reading on his father’s mental state! Nor did Satan command his followers to commit genocide (except for the virgin females who can be taken as war chattel). Both, however, apparently want your soul. Which one is the evil one again? Of course, both are fictitious characters so such questions are irrelevant to rational humans.

  • raven

    Satan (at least in the Bible) heroically gave us the “knowledge of good and evil” that God did not want us to have, with God preferring ignorance and blind obedience.

    Sigh.

    That isn’t in the bible either. The snake was just a beast of the fields. After the Magic Tree incident, he didn’t go on to rule in hell (which also isn’t in the bible). He lost his legs and met a nice girl snake and they went off to make babies.

    Most of what xians believe isn’t in the bible. It’s xian mythology about…Jewish mythology.

  • raven

    While the scene may not be strictly out of the Bible, and the Isaiah 14 quote about “how art thou fallen” refers to someone else, I think the typical Christian would say that it IS in the Bible and cite that chapter.

    Probably true. But irrelevant. Xians aren’t overly concerned with the truth about anything, especially their magic book they never read. It’s Made Up Stuff piled on Made Up Stuff. In fact, it’s Made Up Stuff all the way down.

    FWIW, the idea that Lucifer in Isaiah 14;12 was satan was from a bad translation plus some Making Stuff Up by early xians. Even Martin Luther and John Calvin, two of the key founders of Protestantism knew that.

  • had3

    We know God wanted us to eat of the tree of knowledge because he put it in the garden knowing we would eat of it: and he created the creature to tempt us to eat it, also knowing that we would give into temptation. It’s all going according to his sadistic, egomaniacal plan.

  • caseloweraz

    Hunter: By the way, Satanism is a real religion, founded in 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey.

    churchofsatan-dot-com . . . . 39 ERRORS, 20 WARNINGS as HTML5.

  • joyfulatheist

    “…one of the most irritating little twerps in existence…”

    Magnificent. This could serve as his twitter bio, his business card tagline, and his entire wikipedia page, it’s just so perfect and succinct. Well done, sir!