Conservative Christians recently criticized Fox News for adding former Olympic athlete and reality star Caitlyn Jenner as a contributor to its network programming.
Tomi Lahren, who hosts No Interruption on the streaming service Fox Nation, first broke the news about Jenner on social media last Thursday.
"Proud to welcome @Caitlyn_Jenner to the Fox News family. She is a kind and wonderful human who fights harder for freedom and American values than most," Lahren tweeted. "Anyone who says any different likely hasn't met her or given her a chance. I am proud to call her a friend and now a colleague!"
Proud to welcome @Caitlyn_Jenner to the FoxNews family. She is a kind and wonderful human who fights harder for freedom and American values than most. Anyone who says any different likely hasn’t met her or given her a chance. I am proud to call her a friend and now a colleague!— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) March 31, 2022
As reported by Church Leaders, conservative pastors took issue with Fox News' decision to hire Jenner, who is transgender, amid the media outlet's conservative stance.
"Jenner is male. In English, we use 'he' for males," Reformed Baptist pastor John Carpenter tweeted in response to Fox News's post referring to Jenner by a female pronoun. "If you can't tell the truth about simple biology, how are we supposed to trust you with the news?"
Jenner is male. In English we use "he" for males.— John Carpenter (@JohnCarpenter64) April 1, 2022
If you can't tell the truth about simple biology, how are we supposed to trust you with the news?
"Dear @FoxNews: The moment Bruce (sic) Jenner appears on my screen on Fox is the moment you join MSNBC and CNN," theologian James White wrote. "Cancelled. And believe me, I am not alone," he added.
Dear @FoxNews :— 𝔍𝔞𝔪𝔢𝔰 𝔚𝔥𝔦𝔱𝔢 (@HwsEleutheroi) April 1, 2022
The moment Bruce Jenner appears on my screen on Fox is the moment you join MSNBC and CNN. Cancelled. And believe me, I am not alone.
When asked why he would stop watching Fox News once Jenner appeared on screen, White pointed to the network's use of female pronouns when referring to Jenner. Jenner was born male but identifies as female.
"A man pretending to be a woman, accepting lies (pronouns) from ostensible conservatives, is an insult in any sane, moral world," he added.
A man pretending to be a woman, accepting lies (pronouns) from ostensible conservatives, is an insult in any sane, moral world.— 𝔍𝔞𝔪𝔢𝔰 𝔚𝔥𝔦𝔱𝔢 (@HwsEleutheroi) April 1, 2022
Ken Peters, the founding pastor of Patriot Church in Lenoir City, TN, also took issue with the network's use of female pronouns when referring to Jenner, writing, "Fox News just hired Jenner, and they are calling him a 'her' officially. This is how Satan wins…Narrative. All he needs is a toe-hold."
Fox News just Hired Jenner and they are calling him a “her” officially. This is how Satan wins… Narrative. All he needs is a toe-hold.— Pastor Ken Peters - TCAPP (@PastorKenTCAPP) April 1, 2022
Jenner, who ran for governor in California's recall election in 2021, is an outspoken conservative. Jenner has publicly backed Texas' Heartbeat Law, which bans abortions at six weeks of pregnancy, and has openly voiced disapproval of the NCAA's declaration that transgender athlete Lia Thomas won the 500-yard women's freestyle swimming championship.
On Thursday evening, Jenner joined Fox News' Hannity to discuss the current dispute over a Florida parental rights law. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill that bans classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation for kindergarten through 3rd-grade students.
"As you might know, I am trans," Jenner told host Sean Hannity. "But I'm not a trans activist. That's just one part of my life. There's so much more to me."
"I think in the midterms coming up, LGBT issues are going to be big issues. And I'm looking forward to covering those," Jenner added. "But there's so much more to me than that."
Jenner supported DeSantis' signing of the bill, which critics have dubbed the "Don't Say Gay Bill.
"I'm a common-sense person," the former athlete said, adding, "I'm all for parental rights."
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.