Fox News Hires Alveda King. Because Of Course They Did.

Fox News has hired “Dr” Alveda King, the far-right niece of Martin Luther King, to offer her commentary on the network. I say “Dr” Alveda King because she isn’t actually a doctor. She got an honorary doctorate from a Christian college and then started calling herself “Dr.” Media Matters looks at her history of extremist rhetoric, like claiming that same-sex marriage is “genocide.”

KING: It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to be extinct and none of us wants to be. So we don’t want genocide, we don’t want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage.

Even without the comparison to genocide, this argument is incredibly dumb. Allowing gay people to get married doesn’t mean straight people will stop getting married or stop having children. And then there’s this:

I am struggling with my weight, and no, I don’t want to be fat. And no, God didn’t make me fat. Evil forces as old as the Garden of Eden tricked me into certain behaviors and decisions that have impacted my weight.

[…]

So, does that mean that the same is true for someone who struggles for, say, a taste of homosexual passion in their flesh? Absolutely!

“Evil forces” from the Garden of Eden made you fat? Seriously? I’m fat, too. It’s because I eat too much and don’t exercise enough, not because Satan tricked me. She also says that being gay causes natural disasters:

This past weekend, there were storms in and around the DC metro area. Power to two million was lost. No lights, no computers, no phone access for days. Food shortages and general anxiety, arrested plans were all in the mix. All this amidst record high temperatures in many eastern states reaching as high as 104 degrees, breaking records set over 70 years ago. Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder if when human behavior goes against the natural order of things, if nature doesn’t become confused as well?

I bet you know where I’m going with this. Abortion, abortion drugs, homosexual marriage and other life defying practices are all the rage in DC while the storm is literally raging. How do abortion, abortion drugs and homosexual marriage defy life? They are actually connected!

Alveda King has used the legacy of her uncle to boost her credibility. She has tried to borrow his moral authority to pretend that he believed what she believes and this is exactly why Fox News is hiring her — to bathe in the reflected glory of her reflected glory. And when Coretta Scott King campaigned for gay rights and decried her positions, she offered the bizarre argument that she knew better her uncle believed than his wife did, saying, “I’ve got his DNA. She doesn’t, she didn’t… Therefore I know something about him. I’m made out of the same stuff.”

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  • matty1

    I bet you know where I’m going with this.

    Ooh, ooh is it a theme park?

    Abortion, abortion drugs, homosexual marriage

    So close

  • John Pieret

    her history of extremist rhetoric

    … is a feature not a bug of this hire,

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Will they allow her to sit in Sarah Palin’s chair?

  • naturalcynic

    Maybe she’s channellng Flip “Geraldine” Wilson. “The Devil made me do it”

  • wreck

    “This past weekend, there were storms in and around the DC metro area. Power to two million was lost. No lights, no computers, no phone access for days. Food shortages and general anxiety, arrested plans were all in the mix. All this amidst record high temperatures in many eastern states reaching as high as 104 degrees, breaking records set over 70 years ago.

    …Abortion, abortion drugs, homosexual marriage and other life defying practices are all the rage in DC while the storm is literally raging.”

    Hmmmm. I wonder if there could possibly be another explanation for extremes of weather. What could it be?

  • DrewN

    So if gay men stop having abortions there won’t be any more natural disasters?

    I love how whenever I sum up arguments I hear on Fox it always sounds like I’m playing fundie mad-libs.

  • theguy

    When it comes to the “homosexuality causes natural disasters” bullshit, nobody ever questions why it would be okay for a God to smite people with natural disasters. You say God sent the earthquake to kill thousands of people because he hates homosexuality and abortion? That doesn’t make homosexuality and/or abortion evil. It makes God evil.

    I suppose it’s a “might makes right” argument that fundies would accuse us of believing.

  • raven

    All Fox NoNews needs is an atheist who hates atheists and a Moslem who hates Moslems to complete their set.

    They already have women who hate women.

    So we don’t want genocide, …

    Cthulhu, this is stupid. She is just stringing dog whistles together in a poorly made word salad.

    Not have children isn’t genocide. Not getting married isn’t genocide.

    We aren’t in any danger of going extinct. The world population is 7.2 billion and still rising rapidly. It’s projected to plateau out somewhere around 10 billion. Humans and their food animals make up most of the large animal biomass on the planet right now.

  • busterggi

    KING:” It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman.”

    I guess she never heard about the study on Genghis Khan’s decendents.

  • marcus

    DrewN @ 6 “So if gay men stop having abortions there won’t be any more natural disasters?

    Personally I thinks it is worth a try. I mean, what do we have to lose?

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    I bet homosexual passion is good for burning calories. Just saying.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “Evil forces as old as the Garden of Eden tricked me into certain behaviors and decisions that have impacted my weight.”

     

    Well you must admit that eating apples makes you gain weight…

     

    Don’t they?????

  • sugarfrosted

    Wait, I just remembered: This is also an argument that was used that interracial marriage is genocide because it produced non pure blood children. The rhetoric really hasnt changed.

  • felidae

    Is she reprising the old Flip Wilson bit–“The Devil made me do it!” That wily old Devil making those gays do disgusting things and making those women have abortions?

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    From the linked article (bolding mine)

    King also edited an anti-LGBT book entitled Life at All Costs: An Anthology of Voices from 21st Century Black Prolife Leaders. The anthology, which King praised as “the civil rights legacy,” devotes an entire chapter to “Why Homosexuality is Wrong,” that links homosexuality to pedophilia by suggesting that gay men might be “predator male[s] seeking to gratify [their] unnatural sexual urges upon the innocent.”

    Someone took Boys Beware as gospel truth…

    https://youtu.be/fTn7ALbLYPI

  • Kermit Sansoo

    wreck says: “…Abortion, abortion drugs, homosexual marriage and other life defying practices are all the rage in DC while the storm is literally raging.”

    .

    Hmmmm. I wonder if there could possibly be another explanation for extremes of weather. What could it be?”

    .

    Not for these people. They have an imaginary king who can do anything; he is abusive and unpredictable, and he runs everything as a micromanager. When they finally admit that the disasters are global and happening everywhere, they will have a simple explanation – God is mad because somebody, somewhere, was naughty. That somebody will be whatever group of people is the boogyman of the year. Perhaps the Muslims, the gays, the atheists, the Clintons, or the scientists.

    .

    Their secular counterparts have to come up with complicated (but equally non-empirical) conspiracy theories. Doesn’t matter if they are mutually contradictory; as long as they blame the right people, they’re all correct.