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NRB Book Club: Atheist S.E. Cupp: “Ignoring America’s Christian Culture” is “Abuse of Power”
Posted By Ben-Peter Terpstra On June 21, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
In George Orwell’s classic 1984, the state becomes God and we meet thought criminals like Ampleforth. His big mistake was to allow the “G” word to remain at the end of one of Kipling’s poems. For his sins he shall pay! Even sweet church bells are silenced. Likewise, in 2010, militant atheists are on the march, and according to S.E. Cupp It’s time to wake up and smell the bias.
In her latest book Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity, the non-believer criticizes America’s media and entertainment heads for ignoring and/or demonizing Christians. Page 226:
Ignoring Christian culture altogether, or covering it only to ridicule and marginalize it, is a terrible abuse of power. The press exists to report on your life and the things that matter most to you – and instead it is announcing that you don’t matter, and that your values are illegitimate.
It would take a miracle for some progressive writers to argue that 99.9% of Christians are peaceful. And the big question confronting us relates to professionalism. It is: Why is the so-called mainstream media ignoring over 80 percent of Americans with Judeo-Christian values? One would think that journalists would, at least, be somewhat interested in their Christian neighbors and local faith-based communities, even in America’s more liberal regions.
Evidently, professional power abusers thrive on controlling (as opposed to delivering) information. Or as I’d argue, 2010 is Nineteen-Eighty Four. Thank God then for atheists like S.E. Cupp. The bright writer also exposes the many ways in which faith is ridiculed and its influence minimized in allegedly sophisticated publications. Page 214:
Religion beat reporters – genuinely objective writers covering the subject – are being replaced, at least at major publications, by opinion writers. So covering religion (like covering politics) is becoming less and less a fact-based endeavor, and more and more a partisan one. This trend should prompt an honest look at the way religion is being covered, not just in print, but online and over the airwaves. In a country full of Christians, it’s possible that the death of religion beat is about more than just the bottom line, but party lines as well.
In George Orwell’s masterpiece, Big Brother’s disciples promote the idea that ignorance is strength, just like the New York Times. And as far as elites are concerned, Christianity is ignored or ridiculed to serve the state. Is it blasphemous to respectfully use or recognize the “G” word? After reading S.E. Cupp’s Losing Our Religion, I’m afraid it is.
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information see, Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.
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