Fox Business host Eric Bolling, of Muppets-equal-anti-capitalist-propaganda fame, invited Dan Barker, spokesman for the Wisconsin-based atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation, to appear as a guest on Monday's Follow the Money to discuss his organization's request that the town of Athens, Texas remove their nativity scene. The FFRF becomes very active in December, protesting the violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment in terms of government favoritism regarding religion.
Barker told Bolling:
"Even though the town is not a Christian town, many residents think it is indeed a Christian town, and that non-Christians are not welcome. We think the nativity scene belongs on private property…Why would the city want to exclude residents? Why would they want to put up a discriminatory and insulting image to a lot of Americans? The nativity scene basically is an insult to human nature, that we are all doomed and damned and deserving of eternal torment…"
That remark set off Bolling, who retorted:
"Sir, sir, sir, I have to take exception to the way you described the nativity scene. It's not an insult, certainly not an insult to me. I'm a Christian. It's not an insult."
And when Barker said, "What an insult that we are degraded, depraved human beings, that Jesus created a hell, a place of torture," Bolling decided that he had had enough, telling Barker:
"Sir, sir, I have to stop you. This is my show. See, the name of this show is Follow the Money with Eric Bolling. I can't allow you to talk like that on my show. You're absolutely wrong. You, sir, are denigrating the name of Jesus Christ on my show. I'm not going to let it happen. I'm going to say goodbye to you right now…Bye bye."
Bolling appeared to be visibly exasperated, but, even were he not Christian, he would most likely feel compelled to play devil's advocate anyway, considering who employs him. While one might agree with Bolling's viewpoint, it's also evident that he did himself a disservice by abruptly dismissing an ideological opponent (even one from a so-called fringe group) who was calmly and respectfully trying to argue his side.