Fox News contributor Todd Starnes is no longer with the network or with any of its affiliate properties. This was the case after he suggested that Democrats don’t worship the Judeo-Christian God but rather the ancient pagan deity Moloch, The Wrap reports.
Specifically, Starnes’ contract is not being renewed, which means that he will no longer be working at the main Fox News channel, its website, or its premium subscription service, Fox Nation
The comments about Moloch came during Starnes’s radio show on Monday. Whether he came up with the comparison on his own or not is unclear; however, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, a similar allegation was made earlier by Robert Jeffress, the pastor at a Dallas megachurch, who calls Starnes a “good friend.”
Jeffress, whose mention of a “Civil War-like fracture” in the country should Donald Trump be impeached, was cited in a tweet by Trump himself in which he spoke of Democrats and Moloch in the context of abortion. Specifically, Trump said that, in their support of abortion rights, Democrats are effectively worshiping Moloch.
Moloch, or Molech, depending on the translation, is mentioned in the Old Testament as a deity worshiped by the Israelites’ neighboring tribes, the Canaanites. Moloch’s worshipers sacrificed children to the deity.
Also unclear is whether or not the Moloch comments are what caused Starnes to lose his job. An insider source familiar with the situation tells The Wrap that Starnes’s firing had been in the works before Monday. The source did not provide any further details.
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) October 2, 2019
With Starnes out, a couple of holes will be left in the Fox News schedule. In place of Starnes’s “Fox News & Commentary” radio program, the network will air “Fox Across America,” an opinion roundtable which will be hosted by a rotating group of personalities until a permanent host can be named.
Back in 2015, The Atlantic accused Starnes of having a “credibility problem,” citing reports the magazine called “erroneous,” as well as comments deemed “outrageous.”
For example, in 2013, Starnes reported that the Obama administration was seeing to it that military members couldn’t access to the website for the Southern Baptist Convention, a situation Starnes called “Christian cleansing.” In fact, the website was blocked from military computers, not due to its affiliation with a Christian group but because it triggered malware filters.
Similarly, Starnes once reported a FoxNews.com story that stated a Georgia hospital had banned Christmas carols. In fact, the hospital had merely asked that carolers limit religious songs to the chapel, rather than to be shared in public spaces out of respect to patients of other faiths.