Kicking Off the Atheist

The clip below shows atheist Dan Barker of the “Freedom from Religion Foundation” appearing on Fox Business Network’s “Follow the Money” with host Eric Bolling. First, Barker made some unfavorable comments about Christianity. Then, Bolling stopped the conversation and kicked Barker off the show for “denigrating the name of Jesus Christ.”

Would you have kicked Barker off the show? Why or why not?

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1 Sheldon Clowdus December 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

I don’t think I would have kicked him off. He was offended by the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is not a surprise. I think I would have let him have his say and then pointed out passages like 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Romans 9:32-33.

This atheist is a living, breathing example of a sinner stumbling over the cornerstone of Jesus Christ.

2 Will Adair December 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

No I wouldn’t have for two reasons.

First, it is in a sense unproductive to spread the Christian message. Jesus was humiliated, denigrated, and insulted while alive. He said he and his followers would also not be loved since they are not of this world. It is not our place to fight with the tactics of this world. All over the tv talking head spectrum people use their celebrity (from Bill Maher to Bill O’Reilly) to run rough shot over those that disagree with their position (be it right or wrong). How much more refreshing is it when Christians respond in love and humility? The host lost a chance to take the moral highroad and witness of Christ love for those that hate us.

Second, it is unprofessional as a host to kick someone off that is being civil even if their view is abhorrent. It would have been wiser to respectfully and forcefully to have challenged his objections.

3 Brent Manning December 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

This is the same tired old screed that atheists have been promulgating for a long time. Their argument boils down to this: “I have chosen to take offense to something I don’t agree with. Therefore it must be removed so that I can stop being offended.” there is nothing inherently “offensive” about a nativity scene. All of the negative things these people attribute to such an expression of faith is nothing more than an expression of their hatred and bigotry.

That being said, I would not have kicked him off the show, had I been the host, because that action only confirms the atheist’s prejudice, hatred and bigotry, in their own minds.

4 Chris Roberts December 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I understand his response. The man’s comments were irrelevant to the conversation, and the host did not want to provide a platform for anti-Christian rhetoric. He did not invite the man on the show to talk about why he thinks Christianity is so terrible; he invited him on to talk about the legality of a Nativity display. The man wanted a platform for his beliefs, not a discussion on the matter at hand. Were I the host, I would not want to give him that platform.

5 Bruce H December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

It seemed to be more of an appeal to the audience to shut him down or “kick him off” so to speak. Right or wrong, it doesn’t matter whether the atheist was offended. Paul was offended with Jesus Christ until he met Him on the road to Damascus. Until the atheist collides with Jesus through the Holy Spirit he will remain in his present state.

The thing that I see is that an Atheist believes strongly in their intellect. They allow worldly reasoning and logic to guide them. Here, their god is the government since they can use the laws of our land to force their religion on everyone. When any nativity scene is on “public” property they are offended because they want their god to be displayed which is “nothing”.

Atheist will “always” blaspheme the name of Jesus. That is who they are. If blasphemy offends you, don’t talk to them or have them on your show.

6 Joshua December 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I get the feeling the host already knew he was going to “kick” Barker off the show. It smells like a publicity stunt and really only serves the atheists who will cry foul over this.

I wouldn’t have kicked him off. Atheists denigrate the name of Christ by denying he is Lord, what’s the added offense of saying God created hell to torture people?

7 Mark December 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

Bolling should have been aware of Barker and expected no less. I would not have kicked him off the show, but engage him a little in the time allotted.

It is strange that Barker is so threatened by Jesus’ teachings which he does not believe to be true. In Barker’s eyes, heaven and hell are imaginary places so why does he care if someone thinks he is going to either place? I wonder if it offends him when parents allow their children to believe in Santa Claus.

8 michael henry December 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Yes, I totally agree with what the host did. It is rare when MSM in any format treats all groups the same, not just lip service. The one time someone stands up for civility and a respectful discourse we are supposed to roll over in the turn the other cheek mode? Not. Not being overly offended at an unbelievers offense to the cross doesn’t make us as Christians 2nd hand dhimmis who can’t answer back.

9 Chris Mankey October 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

Jesus is a cornerstone of what? Nothing?

“It is strange that Barker is so threatened by Jesus’ teachings which he does not believe to be true.”
Boiling is the one kicked him off the show.

“I wonder if it offends him when parents allow their children to believe in Santa Claus.”
I wonder if you fall down because your brain can’t power your legs!


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