Sunday, April 12, 2009

Don't You Just Love the Media?

Here is the headline in the April 4 edition of Newsweek Magazine:

The End of Christian America

The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades.

And the article goes on to explain how the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990, rising from 8 to 15 percent.

Now, smack dab in the middle of the article, the author says this:
Let's be clear: while the percentage of Christians may be shrinking, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated. Being less Christian does not necessarily mean that America is post-Christian. A third of Americans say they are born again; this figure, along with the decline of politically moderate-to liberal mainline Protestants, led the ARIS authors to note that "these trends … suggest a movement towards more conservative beliefs and particularly to a more 'evangelical' outlook among Christians." With rising numbers of Hispanic immigrants bolstering the Roman Catholic Church in America, and given the popularity of Pentecostalism, a rapidly growing Christian milieu in the United States and globally, there is no doubt that the nation remains vibrantly religious—far more so, for instance, than Europe.

And then says: fewer people now think of the United States as a "Christian nation" than did so when George W. Bush was president (62 percent in 2009 versus 69 percent in 2008).

Don't you love how the media can twist and turn words - headlines - and then contradict themselves within a few paragraphs?
If - and it is a very big IF - religion is faltering in America, it is because the very same lemmings who follow the obama regime and worship at the feet of opra winfrey believe what the media shove in their faces. Why else would the percentage of believers change in such a very short time?
It's been over the last few years that the media has been pushing their anti Christian / anti religion / anti tradition in general - quite heavily - and promoting - again quite heavily - all things secular. Sometimes in subtle ways...for instance, here we are in the most holy of Christian holidays - Easter - and what is the Disney Channel showing this evening? "Hallowe'en in April" movies. Hallowe'en, a most decidedly non-Christian holiday, being promoted on the most Christian of Holidays.
Um...Hallowe'en's in October. Keep it there.
(This is not a knock on Hallowe'en, by the way, lest anyone thinks it is).
Where are the religious movies that the stations used to show every year (The Ten Commandments, Jesus of Nazareth, The Greatest Story Ever Told)?

Although many deny it, the media truly does control the lives of the majority, and not just in our belief system. Another good example is how they promoted obama's run for the presidency:
Time has featured Obama on its cover 14 times since Jan. 1, 2008. Newsweek was close behind, featuring the now-president-elect on 12 of its issues. Time has had 52 issues in 2008, so Obama has been featured on more than one-in-four of its covers, or about 27% of the time.

That number, though, goes even higher if you include how many times Obama has appeared in the "skybox" -- 11 times.

That means Obama's face or name has somehow made it onto the cover of Time just about half of the time this year (25 out of 52 issues -- 48%)

Newsweek has had 49 issues this year so far (through Dec. 22), so Obama has been featured on about a quarter of its covers as well.

In contrast, the Republican nominee, John McCain, made the cover of Newsweek just four times the entire year, and twice he shared it -- once with Obama and once with Sarah Palin.

Tell me there's not a media bias - if you do you are either fooling yourself or have your head in the sand.
(By the way, I am not a McCain fan - The Constitution Party or even Ron Paul was/is more my speed. But, neither one made any media inroads. Hmmmm....)
Hence my point - the media chooses and the mindless lemmings follow.

As for me, I follow my Christian beliefs that Jesus Christ is the one and only way, no matter what the media spews. I don't follow their so-called popularity polls.
As for me, contrary to what the media (and the actors) says, I believe in the tradtional family.
As for me, I vote for who I believe to be the best person for the job. I must admit, however, that if I see the media rallying around a certain candidate or "idea" as they did during the 2008 election, I immediately become skeptical.

Anger toward media is not a new phenomenon, by the way. Here is what Thomas Jefferson, our Nation's third president, had to say about newspapers:
"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."

Our forefathers were truly smart men.

PS Don't even get me going on the THEORY (remember, it IS a theory) of evolution that the media passes as actuality!



Catmom said...

I agree with everything you said -amen!

BTW, "The Ten Commandments" aired on ABC last night. I watch it every year and never fail to enjoy it. (One of my favorite moments - Pharoah sullenly telling the Queen, "His God - IS God.") However, sadly, things such as "Jesus of Nazareth" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" seem to only turn up on Trinity Broadcasting these days as opposed to the major networks.

Geri Ann

Historical Ken said...

Thanks for the Ten Commandments info and your kind words.

Amy said...

Hear hear! I saw this article on MSN and felt the same way. People are sheep; it's so sad.