Monday, January 6, 2014

Christian writer: Fox News' Todd Starnes 'consistently deceives and manipulates facts in order to exaggerate or fabricate incidences of Christian persecution'

Even conservative evangelists are getting tired of Starnes' screeching dishonesty. Below is an excerpt from a piece by Allan Noble entitled Todd Starnes sold us a war on Christmas. We bought it.
The bottom line here is that Starnes clearly claims that Christmas Cards are banned by the VA’s policy when they are not. And he clearly edits the VA’s official statement to deceive his readers.
In order to be respectful of our Veterans religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by Chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. After the review is complete, the holiday cards that reference religious and/or secular tones are then distributed by Chaplaincy Service on a one-on-one basis if the patient agrees to the religious reference in the holiday card donation. The holiday cards that do not contain religious and/or secular tones are distributed freely to patients across the Health Care System. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.
The bolded section was removed from Starnes’s report.

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