Conservative commentator and author Allie Beth Stuckey is speaking out about Fox News' promotion of a 5-year-old child's gender transition, saying that without the "moral foundation" of Scripture, every entity eventually will compromise to secular and leftist ideology.
"It's a good reminder that you can't look to any corporation, any institution, to be your moral exemplar and to stand for truth," Stuckey said on her podcast, Relatable.
Fox News last week aired a four-minute Pride Month feature on Ryland Whittington, a teenager who was born a girl and now identifies as a boy.
"Before Ryland could even speak, he managed to tell his parents that he was a boy," Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas said.
Whittington came out as transgender at age 5, the Fox News segment said. The story remains on the Fox News website under the headline, "California transgender teen, family hope to be an inspiration to others."
The segment sparked a backlash from many of Fox News' viewers, who tend to be more conservative and more religious than viewers of other news outlets.
"Fox News' embrace of child gender transition shows that it's not enough to be unwoke," she tweeted. "It's not even enough to just be 'conservative.' Without a moral foundation, every entity will eventually compromise."
Fox News’s embrace of child gender transition shows that it’s not enough to be unwoke. It’s not even enough to just be “conservative.” Without a moral foundation, every entity will eventually compromise. https://t.co/LCktvyrN1e— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) June 13, 2022
Stuckey, who has been a guest on Fox News, said "being un-woke" is not good enough in forming a worldview.
"I don't believe that you can build a simply unwoke world," she said on her podcast. "You have to replace it with something else. And whatever you replace it with has to have a firm foundation. … I would argue if an entity isn't actively Christian, it will eventually become liberal because culture and politics are both downstream from theology – whether you believe in God or not. If you don't believe in God, that is still a form of theology [because] your theology is that you don't believe in a god – that's going to inform what you think about politics and culture.
"... At the end of the day, it comes down to who you think made us, who's in charge, why are we here?"
A firm belief in Scripture, she said, will prevent entities -- and individuals -- from drifting morally.
"If you do believe in God, if you believe in the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, that God created the heavens and the earth, then that is also going to inform what you think about culture and politics," she said. "So I would argue, if an entity does not have a firm foundation in God, does not have a firm foundation in Genesis, a firm foundation in the Word of God, then it will eventually give way to social pressure and social whims."
Stuckey emphasized she is not arguing for a theocracy.
"I'm not talking about forcing people to be Christians or having a state-sanctioned religion," she said. "I am for us deciding, 'OK, what do we want to build on? Where are we getting our definition of truth? Where are we getting our definition of justice?' I say, as all of Western civilization has said until relatively recently, that the Bible is a great place to get that foundation – and, in fact, the only place to get that foundation. It is godlessness and Scripture-lessness that has brought us to where we are today."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.