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Fox News Host Todd Starnes Out After Comment on Democrats and Abortion, Source Says Departure Was in Works

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On-air personality Todd Starnes is no longer with Fox News, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.

Starnes, a popular host with the network for over a decade, made comments on his radio show Monday that rubbed some people the wrong way.

It’s almost certain that most, though not all, of those people were Democrats because of the pointed nature of the comments.

While Starnes interviewed Trump advisor and prominent Southern Baptist leader Robert Jeffress, the topic turned to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s recent call for prayer for the nation.

Jeffress mocked the Democratic leader’s suggestion, saying “that reminds me of an arsonist … about to set a building on fire saying ‘now pray with me that the destruction I’m about to cause isn’t too severe.'”

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After Jeffress finished, Starnes responded, “You know, we just assume they’re praying to God. I’m not quite sure. I don’t know, Dr. Jeffress. I mean, they booed God, tried to vote him out of the party platform.”

Starnes was referring to the debacle at the 2012 Democratic National Convention when a significant portion of delegates opposed and booed the addition to the party’s platform of references to God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Apparently the god they worship is the pagan god of the Old Testament, Moloch, who allowed for child sacrifice,” Jeffress replied.

“The God of the Bible doesn’t sanction the killing of millions and millions of children in the womb. I think the god they are worshiping is the god of their own imagination.”

Reporting on Starnes’ departure has focused on the exchange between the two, strongly implying a causal relationship.

A source with knowledge of the situation, however, confirmed to The Western Journal that Starnes’ departure had been in the works well before his Monday comments.

Whether or not the comments played a role, the fact remains that many Americans would agree with both Jeffress’ and Starnes’ assessments.

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Pelosi’s request for prayer for the country seems somewhat insincere given that she and her cohorts are ripping it apart with an impeachment inquiry.

Starnes’ point that the Democrats booed God and tried to vote him out of their party platform is valid. And consider this video showing what happened when a man at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke dared to say that Jesus is the answer to the country’s problems.

Finally, Jeffress is right. Democrats’ near worship of child-rending abortion uncomfortably parallels Moloch worship, which included child sacrifice.

After all, don’t Democrats contend that killing unborn babies brings prosperity by unencumbering women and promotes wellness by removing the mental illness or stress that may accompany child-rearing?

Those promises sound awfully close to the promises pagans sought by sacrificing to false gods. Maybe what’s old — or even ancient — really does become new.

Starnes’ voice will be missed. Hopefully, the departure was mutual and, as implied by The Wrap’s piece, was in the works long before the comments.

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor, assignment, at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where he also served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal and now serves as editor-at-large.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two pre-teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
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