Thursday, September 9, 2010

Selective Religious Outrage


I should start by stating the obvious, Pastor Terry Jones is an idiot. The other obvious point is that most media outlets are selective in their religious outrage.

Is burning the Koran the Christian thing to do? Of course not. In doing so Pastor Jones and his Dove Center set back the image of Evangelicals substantially.

Then again, that’s the joy some folks in the media get from speaking to Evangelicals, especially ones with a southern accent. It’s a case of “Hey everybody, look at this hillbillie I found! Why he’s even got a Bible!”

As for media selectivity in religious outrage I’m waiting for the endless stream of stories about Pakistani gunmen killing Christians in the name of Islam.

Haven’t heard of this?

Odd if you haven’t because it is a fairly regular occurrence. When I was a weekend news editor for an all-news radio station I remember these stories coming across the wire on a regular basis. They still do but they don’t get nearly the play.

Here’s just a few recent headlines:

Family in hiding following accusations of blasphemy

Update: Christian exonerated of blasphemy charges

Two Christian girls raped in Punjab

Christian nursing student brutally assaulted

Two Christians murdered after accusations of blasphemy

Churches attacked by Islamic militants

Muslims kill Christian woman and children

Family rescued from mob, accused of blasphemy

Those are just the headlines from one country since July 1st.

A Christian group based in Canada keeps track of all of this, not just in Muslim countries where Christians are the minority, but anywhere Christians are persecuted.

Much of what takes place is horrific and barbaric but it won’t make the news wheel of endless repetition on CBC or CTV.

Why would they show those stories when got a pastor with a southern drawl to put on TV.

Go to the article for links to the stories.

I think this episode does a lot to demonstrate that going to Saudi Arabia, bowing to people, etc... in the end accomplishes nothing. One looney pastor and they're out to get us again.

Comment on Hot Air:

"It is the duty of Muslims to react,” said Mohammad Mukhtar, a cleric and candidate for the Afghan parliament in the Sept. 18 election. “When their holy book Quran gets burned in public, then there is nothing left. If this happens, I think the first and most important reaction will be that wherever Americans are seen, they will be killed. No matter where they will be in the world they will be killed.”

This is what our men and women overseas are fighting for???????

picklesgap on September 8, 2010 at 9:06 PM

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