FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

He’s at it again.

Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought “big f’ing deal.”)  In Starnes’ case, his title is an attack on an atheist advocacy group, telling potential readers American Humanist Association demands students stop feeding starving kids.  Those who read the article will discover that Starnes’ title is misleading, irresponsible, and telling.  It shows us what kind of “journalist” Todd Starnes is, and what kind of media outlet Fox News is for allowing such a blatant false attack to be published (free of backlash I might add).

Here’s the reader’s digest version:

The AHA responded to a complaint by the family of a student at School of Engineering and Arts in Minnesota.  The student was participating in a school-sponsored community service project to prepare food packages to be sent to children in Haiti.  The Constitutional issue here is that the project was being held at Calvary Lutheran Church.  I suppose it’s a technical violation of church-state separation, right?  Not a big deal in my opinion.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Religious imagery and references were prevalent in this project, which makes this a touchier subject.  The public school students were participating in a school-sponsored activity during school hours with members of the church who were on a religious mission.  In addition, the food packaged were called “manna packages” by the church, a Biblical reference to food provided by God to the Israelites.  So the AHA’s complaint to the school district is built upon the idea that public school activities should not be carried out in a “theologically charged environment.”

Later in his anti-atheist, sarcasm-laden article, Starnes gives us the statement, “AHA said they don’t have a problem feeding hungry children.”  Really, Todd?  Funny, the title of your propaganda post is the exact opposite of that statement.  Then at the end of his drivel he contradicts himself again, saying “It takes a special kind of godless thuggery to take food out of the mouths of starving children.”

No one in their right mind is pro-starvation, you moron.  If Starnes really thinks that’s what the complaint is about, then he’s dumber than I thought.  But I’m positively sure that he understands the case and what’s it’s really about.  The sad thing is that he values his role as a propagator of sensationalism, overreaction, and unjustified frenzy over actual journalism.  He’s pandering to the FoxNews under-informed and purposely misled Christian base.

The state of news media in the US is frightening and saddening at the same time.  The only thing that surprises me about this irresponsible propaganda is that Fox has yet to attribute this AHA complaint to a brand new made-up “War on Starving Children.”  Keep your ears open… you heard it here first.

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and author of Understanding an Atheist. He is known for local and national secular activism and has spoken at conferences and events such as Reason Rally 2016 and the Ark Encounter Protest and Rally.

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4 thoughts on “FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

  1. Wait, you mean that Todd Starnes,who is a dreadful writer and reporter is now fallen to simple pillock? I’m Shocked! I would never haves ween this coming if it were not for the editorial flags he waved for lo these many years. Alas.

  2. So let me get this straight, Todd seemed to have provide a comprehensive article regarding the school issue, but your problem is not so much the content of the article, but the title of the headline?

    1. I wouldn’t call his article a comprehensive one, no. My first issue with his article is the irresponsible misleading title, made to sound like the AHA wants to promote the starvation of children. Most readers won’t make it past the title, thinking they got the truth from just that, and move on, now with a negative opinion of the AHA based on Starnes’ outright lie. The rest of the article is loaded with belittling sarcasm designed to make the church-state issue presented sound like a less than legitimate complaint.

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