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"Fox & Friends" & racist & religious hypocrisy: Fox News praises attractiveness of NYC's "Sexiest Congregation" — all of which is, coincidentally, white

"What it is that keeps you coming back — that keeps you attracted to these attractive people at this congregation?"


Scott Eric Kaufman
December 21, 2015 10:11PM (UTC)

On "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, out-going co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck revealed the real reason that many Christians appreciate the season -- their fellow parishioners are "sexy" and throw wine parties.

In what is clearly a pathetic ploy to lure attractive people back into the fold by advertising the fact that those already in it are equally attractive, Hasselbeck spoke to three members of the so-called "Sexiest Church in New York City" about their congregation.

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All of those pictured in the various photographs displayed during the segment were white, but surely that's a coincidence -- myriads of people of color were perched at the edges of the photographs, not included in frame by accidents of history, like urgent phone calls, spilled red wine, and a decided lack of diversity.

Even if there are non-white parishioners -- even if the Church hierarchy is as diverse as conservatives believe Barack Obama wants all future White Houses to be -- the manner in which Fox News presented the congregation is certainly telling.

"You are one hot congregation," Hasselbeck said. "How does that feel?"

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"It's very flattering," Mark Ciolli responded. "We can't take credit for that, all we can say is the congregation and community we experience at St. Pat's [Old Cathedral] is incredibly beautiful and attractive, and we want people to come share that with us." (Even if they're not "incredibly beautiful and attractive"? A real journalist would've pressed, but alas, this was "Fox & Friends.")

"Ashley, why did you start going to this church?" Hasselbeck asked Ashley Marchetta.

"I was really looking for a sense of community," she replied, "a lot of young people who were like me, who had the same struggles and same goals, but wanted to keep their faith alive."

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"Carlos," Hasselbeck asked Carlos Olson, the third person on her panel, "what it is that keeps you coming back -- that keeps you attracted to these attractive people at this congregation?"

"I'd never been a church-goer," he replied, "but when I started coming here, I just kept coming back, because the message is profound, and we have a bunch friends who go for dinner, and then to Mass, and then for drinks after."

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Revisit high school with these self-declared attractive theists below Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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