CNN journalists showed what they really thought about religious freedom in this country following Friday’s White House press briefing. After President Trump announced that churches and houses of worship were “essential” and should be allowed to reopen, a CNN panel of Democrats, led by host Brianna Keilar, reacted in outrage, calling it “dangerous.”
As soon as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany finished speaking, CNN Newsroom host Brianna Keilar was ready to attack President Trump for calling on churches to reopen.
She fumed that President Trump had “no authority” to demand governors let people go to church. Her overwrought commentary was complemented with CNN’s ridiculous chyron which read, “Trump insists he’ll open up churches, has no authority to do so”:
He is demanding that governors allow them to reopen this weekend. He threatened to override those governors even though, let’s be really clear, he can’t. He doesn’t have the authority to do this. He’s talked about doing this before when it comes to reopening government and he just doesn’t have the authority, right. So we’ve been there, done that on that issue. He does not have this authority.
Keilar then invited chief political analyst Gloria Borger to attack President Trump for playing “politics” and Dr. Deborah Birx for not challenging Trump’s directions to governors to let churches reopen if they want to.
“He’s seeing political opportunity here,” Borger agreed with Keilar. Borger also attacked McEnany for bringing up the First Amendment and religious rights, calling it an “absurd” dichotomy because after all, Democrats just want to keep people “safe”:
[I]f you’re trying to make this into a faith-based plan here versus those who have no faith, that’s absurd. And the second thing, Kayleigh McEnany was trying to make this into a First Amendment issue, saying of course people have the right to worship and then said the president is a great supporter of the First Amendment. We know the president called the media the enemy of the people time and time again.
…So this isn’t about faith, it isn’t about the First Amendment. It is about public health and it is about trying to keep people safe, and the issues are clear. I just think you can’t confuse them.
To her next guest, senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, Keilar fretted that people were going to get “sick and die” from this “political” decision that “not a single health expert” agrees with:
This is about politics. This is not about public health to be clear. Elizabeth Cohen, what did you think about this guidance and also what did you think about Dr. Birx, you know, someone who is not a politician, giving credence to this reopening when I have not heard a single public health expert say this is a good idea and that this will not result in people getting sick and dying.
Since no differing of opinions are allowed among CNN journalists, Cohen also complained about how wrong Dr. Birx was to back up Trump’s decision to let some churches reopen with CDC safety guidelines. She opined that religious people value human life and that was putting them at risk:
I’m no theologian but religions value human life, they value what God created which is all of us so do you really want to put all of us into one place, even if you do a deep cleaning, even if you don’t have a collection plate, even if you do all of those things, you are still putting a lot of people into one inside location.
After letting her two other Democrat guests rage about how Trump thought churchgoers were “expendable” now and he didn’t care about science, Keilar ended the segment warning how “dangerous” this was. Like a broken record, Keilar whined that Trump doesn’t have the power to override governors:
Yeah, this is dangerous what the president did today saying that at his direction, the CDC, having this guidance for communities of faith, he said identifying churches, synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services and that he will override governors who do not open churches. To be clear, he does not have that authority but certainly can undermine them and sew confusion and chaos and maybe even threaten to withhold money. We’ve heard him talk about doing that but what he’s doing here is seeing political opportunity in this pandemic.
“To be clear,” CNN doesn’t have the “authority” to demand everyone bow to their draconian demands on how to handle reopening, either.
LifeNews Note: Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center where this originally appeared.