Wednesday, July 16, 2008

That was interesting.


I think it's really funny that my last entry started out as a point-counterpoint response to "love the sinner, hate the sin."...and turned into Co-Sleeping 101. I didn't see that one coming. Fair warning to all, that thread is now turning to potty training, so read at your own risk.

I saw something that ticked me off, today. I had to go get labs drawn again. Which means, we drove past Planned Parenthood. It was pretty early (7am) and already there were picketers. Do they sleep there? What the hell? Of course, it's the Catholic "Culture of Death Warriors" squad. This PP is on a corner and has two entrances to the parking lot. It's also on the second floor of a building with other businesses. Anyone going in or out would have to run the guantlet. Which, really, how pathetic are these people who stand on a sidewalk and yell Bible verses at young women looking for help? Here's a thought: stop being hypocrites and fucking use all that money and time to find homes for all of the babies you're claiming to save! Don't stand there and tell me you're a "warrior against the culture of death" when it's blatantly obvious that the only "deaths" you care about are in someone elses uterus. Sitting in a lawn chair with large posters of aborted fetal tissue does not a warrior make. Nor does unnecessarily bullying of young women AND men during, likely, a day that they didn't anticipate or want. I won't even get into the fact that these "warriors" can't figure out that PP offers more than abortions. @*#&!

Here's another little gem.
A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 32% of national
reporters acknowledged being politically liberal – compared to only 19% of the
general public. Kristen Fyfe of the Media Research Center’s Culture and
Media Institute (CMI) said the numbers are not surprising. She said one only has
to look at the headlines in the media and, as she put it, “[y]ou get a dose of,
basically, liberal propaganda, most of the time.” The Pew survey also
found that 68% of national reporters and news executives never or almost never
attend worship services. In Fyfe’s CMI Special Report titled “Apostles of
Atheism,” she found that “91% of the journalists say that you don’t have to
believe in God to be a moral person.” She said, “We found in our coverage
of last years’ news programs that atheists pretty much get a free pass when it
comes to reporting on their belief systems.” Fyfe says new media such as
the Internet and blogs give conservatives and Christians alternative sources of
information, but she stressed not giving up on more traditional media. “What I
would like to see conservatives do is to really get out there and change the
hearts of teenagers and twenty-somethings who are in college.” She said
younger Christians and conservatives need to learn they are not “weird” for
thinking the way they think and to understand that they will need to speak up if
the culture war is to be won.


Atheists get a "free pass" when it comes to "reporting" on belief systems? We do? What channel is this chick watching? War on culture. War on the culture of death. War on Christmas. War on Religion. Hrm...and we're the militant ones?

7 comments:

Milo Johnson said...

If I understand this, she is saying that because less than one-third of reporters classify themselves as "liberals," that means we have a liberal media? Math sure has changed since I was in school...

kc said...

“What I
would like to see conservatives do is to really get out there and change the
hearts of teenagers and twenty-somethings who are in college.” She said
younger Christians and conservatives need to learn they are not “weird” for
thinking the way they think and to understand that they will need to speak up if
the culture war is to be won.


If she thinks that conservative/Christian young people don't speak up, she really should come to my school. The Christian organizations on campus are larger and more active than any student groups outside of the Greek system. The biggest one advertises on buses in town and members do not hesitate to share their beliefs or knock on your dorm door to ask about yours. And we're a big public university.

But what really gets me is this:

“91% of the journalists say that you don’t have to
believe in God to be a moral person.” She said, “We found in our coverage
of last years’ news programs that atheists pretty much get a free pass when it
comes to reporting on their belief systems.”


*sputters* Are you kidding me? What? What? Free pass? And it's a bad thing that reporters don't think atheists are horrible immoral people? What?

Enshoku said...

I have no keyboard, and am ttyyping with a mouse,, so please forgive any spelling errorss. The mouse has a oobscure tendency to randdoomly ddouuble letteers.

The study is presented in a biased manner BECAUSE it excludes the fact that in the general poopulation, lesss ppeople identiify as eithher demmooccrrat or republican. It only shows tthatt nnewws rrepoorteers are morre likleyy ttoo vvote, no oother claims can be made without the republican per capita percenttages.

I need a new keyboard... any got a spare?

Uncle Sam said...

When it comes to whether you need religion to be a moral person, wouldn't journalists have a better perspective on this topic than the average citizen? As a reporter you're bound to meet and deal with a broader spectrum of people - journalists have a better idea than most of whether a belief system determines the quality of your morals.

What is this news service reporting the Pew Survey? The second half of the article is all ridiculous commentary from the conservative "Media Research Center."

Becca said...

just something of interest, might spark some discussion (like you don't have enough of that huh?)
this is on the topic of abortion and clinics. Dr Henry Morgentaler is a famous abortion rights activist in Canada and he was recenlty given the highest civilian award by the government: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/
2008/07/01/morgentaler-order.html

(totally OT, but he and my dad could be twins)

MnM&miniMnM said...

apparently she has not been following "crackergate" if she thinks atheists get a free pass.

Meg said...

"if the culture war is to be won."
Wow, someone ought to read that back to the author of that comment! Is it acceptable in America to be that blatant about the fact that it's viewed as a hostile, they're-wrong, get-rid-of-them war?! You'd never get away with that in NZ!