Satanic Temple Seeks Fox News Apology after Reckless Commentary DOWNLOAD PDF
NEW YORK, NY – January 14, 2013 – The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, has requested a public apology from the Fox News Network, as well as the reprimand of Fox Business commentator Bernard McGuirk for his remarks during a televised panel discussion where he called for the execution of temple members. On January 9, 2014, the show “Mensa Meeting”, hosted by Don Imus, featured a panel discussion on The Satanic Temple’s offer of a monument to Oklahoma City that has garnered a great deal of media attention. Responding to the question of whether or not the temple’s monument should be accepted by Oklahoma, panelist Bernard McGuirk stated: “They should be able to put the statue up, and then they should be shot right next to it, and then we take it down.” With such serious commentary reaching the network’s vast number of viewers, there is real and legitimate concern for the safety of temple members. According to the legal counsel representing The Satanic Temple, “Such incitement to violence is reckless and possibly criminal.” In light of such examples as the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the pressure given to Martin Bashir to resign and Bill O’Reilly’s harsh and mocking criticism of Dr. George Tiller, it could be considered hypocritical of the network to not take these kinds of statements seriously. The letter requesting the apology, sent January 11, 2014 to the Fox News Network legal department, elaborates: “Advocacy of the murder of American citizens based on their religious beliefs is intolerable and sickening. For [Fox News] to disseminate such a position as part of a televised debate on a national network strikes at the heart of this country’s founding principles and potentially places the Temple’s members in imminent danger.” “Our client requests that the Fox News Network immediately issue The Satanic Temple an apology for broadcasting a call for the murder of its members, who simply desire to be treated equally with every other religion in this country. In addition, they would like to see a public reprimand of Bernard McGuirk.” The Temple’s legal counsel further objects that McGuirk’s irresponsible comment was made amid “various defamatory remarks” which appear to have been based solely upon the “panelists’ prejudices, conjecture, and/or malice.” The false statements included claims that the Temple is “anti-Christian”, and strives to “promote evil.” Temple spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, comments, “Even the most basic and cursory perusal of our website [www.thesatanictemple.com] could have served to correct these panelists. It is unconscionable that a news panel would express opinions without doing any research. Ours is a philosophy that is meant to enrich lives and encourage benevolence. It is reprehensible that a nationally televised commentator could call for our execution regarding any item of disagreement, much less based upon entirely imagined presumptions.” About The Satanic Temple The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Civic-minded and a believer in universal acceptance, The Satanic Temple has been involved in a number of good works, including taking a stand against the controversial and extremist Westboro Baptist Church. Additionally, the temple has worked to raise funds to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program so as to keep New York City highways clean and protect the environment. For more information about The Satanic Temple, please visit https://thesatanictemple.com/.