Pro or Anti-Christian Bias - It is up to you

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    There are news programs with a pro-Christian bias (not even counting the "700 Club). There are news items that put Christianity in a positive light. Yes. There are also news items that put Christianity in a negative light. I think that if you were to take all US news items as a whole, they (as a group) present an accurate image of "Christian activity". If Christians want the public to become more aware of the good of Christianity, then Christians should create good work and avoid engaging is bad behavior. Then, having done that, present the news (write articles, create leaflets, report on their good works, etc.)
     
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    Well,I know Fox news seems to be supportive of Christianity. I personally feel that the media as a whole is Liberal,and for that reason,tend to be hard on Christianity. It seems like they tend to portay the right as some kind of extremist Christian evil empire. There are a lot of good Christians out there that put out a positive message,such as Billy Graham. Yes there are some that come on a bit strong,but you are right,when it is represented the right way more people will follow. Although controversial,just look at what The Passion of the Christ did. All that talk about Jesus Christ was a great thing for this country IMO.
     
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    I don't think I ever see too many pro-Christian stories on the Five-o'clock news. Most of the stuff I see (sadly) is about Catholic priests abusing altar boys, or gays being voted as bishops in the Episcopal church, or Associated Ministries coming out in favor of gay marriage. I wish that these things didn't happen, but the stories on this far outweigh the stories about the good that the Christian Church does daily in America. Very unfortunate, IMO.
     
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    That reminds me of the lack of praise and ready supply or criticism I get at my job. If I do as I'm instructed to do...what is expected of me...There is not much comment. Yet, if I behave poorly or make mistakes, I am readily criticized. Oh well...such is life.
     
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    How then can you say that the media shows an accurate picture of Christian activity when the media tends to only report the bad/abnormal stuff?
     
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    As I tried to explain above, good behavior, behavior that is expected, it not that newsworthy. Oh. If you go above and beyond what people expect, word will get around. If you double your daily quota at work, you might get extra recognition. Likewise with Christian activity in the news, there are stories of extraordinary people such as Mother Teresa and Billy Graham. News of supposed Christians that lie, cheat, and steal is newsworthy because it goes against what is expected of them.
     
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    There is a whole other world outside the habittrail, hamster boy. Aren't you tired of your meager allotment of compacted food pellets? Isn't your soul starving?
     
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    Seems like you try to change the subject. No. I am happy with my career. Yet I am more than my career. I just used it as a parallel comparison on how expected behavior is rarely praised.
     
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    The Media and Hollywood War Against Christianity
    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/10/2/102405.shtml
    Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com
    Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003
    In his new, best-selling book, "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," David Limbaugh exposes the outrageous bias and discrimination against Christians. Read Part I in this series, Intolerant 'Liberals' Wage War on Christianity, and Part II, Leftists Treat Christianity as 'Cancer'.

    The two most powerful molders of opinion in the nation, the media and Hollywood, are at the head of the line in the war on Christianity, frequently ridiculing and disparaging Christians in ways they would never dream of employing against any other group of Americans.

    Writes David Limbaugh: "This anti-Christian bias manifests itself in unflattering portrayals of Christians in Hollywood films and entertainment television, and also in the demonization of Christian conservatives in the media."

    Sometimes, he notes, the Catholic Church is singled out for special ridicule, a fact made obvious with the incredible overplaying of the recent sex abuse scandals where the facts were often overblown, especially in the media’s incessant labeling of it a "pedophile priest" scandal, where only a tiny percentage of the cases involved pedophilia and the overwhelming majority involved teen-agers molested by homosexual priests.

    The media, the author says, portrays Christians as unreasonable and violent, charging them with violent acts against abortionists, abortion clinics or homosexuals while at the same time both Hollywood and the media downplay injustices and violent acts committed against Christians.

    A favorite media tactic is the use of the pejorative term "religious right" to describe Christian conservatives, implying such believers are, as the author writes "intolerant, backwoods fanatics, and yet never labeling religious liberals such as Jesse Jackson, as the ‘religious left’ or other leftists as the ‘anti-religious left." Limbaugh cites a screed by the Washington Post’s Michael Weisskopf who described followers of Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson as "largely poor, uneducated and easy to command."

    Other shocking examples of this tactic cited by Limbaugh:

    * Bryant Gumbel in a June, 2000 CBS "Early Show" interviewing Robert Knight of the Family Research Council appearing to defend the Boy Scouts refusal to allow homosexuals to be Scout leaders, thinking the mike was off, muttered that Knight was "a f***ing idiot."
    * CNN founder Ted Turner asked employees who had ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday if they were "a bunch of Jesus freaks?"
    * In his book "Bias" Bernard Goldberg reported that CBS producer Roxanne Russell called Christian activist and then-presidential candidate Gary Bauer "the little nut from the Christian group."
    * Christians have been called "the American Taliban, with one reporter for a Florida newspaper, Bob Norman referring to "evangelical loonies," and "way-out-there Christian wackos." In the St. Petersburg Times columnist Robyn E. Blummer wrote that the "religious right" is trying in "Taliban-like ways to inject religion into public schools and the operations of government."

    One of the more outrageous examples of anti-Christian ranting was exhibited on the liberal taxpayer funded National Public Radio (NPR). On January 22, 2002, NPR reporter David Kestenbaum "seemed to imply," that the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), a pro-family ministry was involved in the terrorist anthrax attacks on the nation’s capital.

    Here, as Limbaugh reports, is what the NPR reporter said: "Two of the anthrax letters were sent to Senator Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, both Democrats. One group who had a gripe with Daschle and Leahy is the Traditional Values Coalition, which before the attacks had issued a press release criticizing the senators for trying to remove the phrase ‘so help me God’ from the oath."

    Kestenbaum then went on to say that TVC had not been contacted by the FBI without bothering to explain why they would have, clearly implying that they might be suspects in the attacks. It took NPR a full year to apologize for that slanderous report.

    "No one told our reporter that the Traditional Values Coalition was a suspect in the anthrax mailing," their apology stated, adding that "no facts were available then or since to suggest that the group has any role in the anthrax mailing."

    But that didn’t stop NPR from making what amounted to a thinly veiled charge of attempted murder against TVC at the time.

    One of the more current cases of extreme media bias has been the handling of the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson’s new film, The Passion" which tells the story of Jesus Christ’s final 12 hours.

    Although the film is solid based on the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – Gospels that have been accepted as the true narrative of Christ’s passion and death from the very beginnings of Christianity – Gibson is being attacked for promoting anti-Semitism.

    Yet numerous Jews who have seen the film deny that charge. Given that the film does faithfully follow the Gospels, as both evangelical Christian Bible scholars and the Vatican attest, it can only follow that those charging anti-Semitism are charging that the Gospels are anti-Semitic.

    Wrote the Boston Globe’s columnist James Carroll: "Even a faithful repetition of the Gospel stories of the death of Jesus can do damage exactly because those sacred texts themselves carry the virus of Jew hatred." Aside from the absurdity of the statement, what Carroll is suggesting is that Christians should avoid reading the Gospels for fear that it will cause them to be anti-Semites even though the Gospels make plain the fact that Christ’s death was the work of sinners.

    The role of the media, especially that of the New York Times, the Globe’s owner, and the paper’s far-left arts columnist Frank Rich has been to keep the pot stirring, no matter how many times the charge of anti-Semitism is disproved. This has been in keeping with the Times long anti-Christian record.

    "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," is far and away the most thorough account of the war on Christianity – it is complete and detailed, and he makes a prima facie case that the faith is under a sustained and vicious attack in all aspects of American life.

    Editor's Note: Get "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," the latest book by the author of "Absolute Power." David Limbaugh exposes the farce of leftist "tolerance" and reveals the true agenda of "liberals" who abuse the law to
     
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    What you are trying to do here, is make Christianity a faith of works instead of a work of faith. -Then you will denounce it.

    You are stirring the pot to get religous debate going again to make catholics and Christians fight.

    Don't expect much when you can be seen through like this.

    You misunderstand what Christianity is, or else you are purposely trying to provoke a fight.

    Given how you NEVER adress a topic and then back away unless you are playing cat and mouse, you are provoking a fight with full knowledge.

    it is rather annoying seeing you do this. At least be man enough to adress your issues with Christianity in plain direct view.
     

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