On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Is faith in Jesus just too shocking?

Banning Christian symbols

What has happened to America? When did Jesus Christ become a fair target for the ridiculing media?

Breathlessly some time back, ABC News journalist Brian Ross revealed that a Michigan manufacturer of high-powered rifle sights and scopes has for years inscribed Bible references on the equipment used by U.S. armed services personnel. Scandalous!


Another mainstream news media expose revealed that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin “looks to God for strength.”

And we remember how shocked and dismayed the news commentators were when new analyst Brit Hume dared on camera to suggest that golfer Tiger Woods needed to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

What would have been a nice comment just a few years ago now is shocking and worrisome. You trust in Jesus? Then you’d better be watched for other signs of mental illness!

Former John McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt also told CBS News “60 Minutes” the shocking revelation that Palin believed she was operating within God’s will. It seems Schmidt had asked her how she could remain so tranquil in the face of such public ridicule.


Palin responded, “It’s God’s plan.”

Naturally, the media went bonkers over such shocking words. The New York Times approvingly reported late night comic Jimmy Fallon’s one-liner: “God responded: ‘What? Really? Don’t bring me into this.’”

The Week magazine asked whether Palin was “simply devout – or delusional?” The Nation magazine suggested that Palin was “a little bit dimmer than we thought.”

A few decades ago such news would have drawn praise. But in today’s world – where much of the “mainstream” media is very comfortable bashing Christians and Christianity – the firestorm which resulted was no surprise.

And what about Hume’s comment about Woods? 


You may have forgotten, after all now we have Charlie Sheen. However, Woods had entered a rehabilitation program for “sexual addiction” after admitting multiple infidelities against his wife. Hume commented: “Whether [Tiger Woods] can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it’s a tragic situation with him. The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He’s said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.”

Brit Hume


Brit Hume then went on to say that his message to Tiger would be, “Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

The vitriol against Brit Hume began immediately.

The Washington Times observed in an editorial: “If there was doubt that much of the media is hostile to traditional faith, especially Christianity, that doubt has been drowned in the wake of a vicious verbal assault on Hume.”

The Washington Post’s Tom Shales and cohorts on MSNBC were enraged by Hume’s advice. Shales said that Hume is “sinking into his own mouth-made mire” and that “darts of derision should be aimed at Hume” for “one of the most ridiculous remarks of the year.”


Shales demanded an apology from Hume. Ken Olbermann said Hume should “keep religious advocacy out of public life since, you know, the worst examples of that are jihadists.”

So, what has happened — that concerned Christian Americans are viewed as no different than murderous Islamist radicals?

CLICK HERE to consider more about why the media is offended by people of faith
To read “Why do they want to censor Jesus?” CLICK HERE
to consider whether we are headed for a God-free society
Is Jesus an illegal word that cannot be uttered in public anymore? CLICK HERE
to read about recent legal efforts to ban church bells
And CLICK HERE to consider a British journalist’s concern that Christianity is becoming criminalized in Western society.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment lisa herthel

    Silver fox
    Where do you get your information on other religions? Muslims pray to “allah” not mohammed. According to your statement about this country being founded on freedom of religion, The ACLU, atheists and muslims as well are entitled to their beleif-however misguided you may think it is. further more, this country is the biggest purveyor of violence in the world. Do you really believe America got where it is today by being peace loving christians? When facism comes to america, it will be wrapped in a flag and waving a cross” True christianity does not have anything to prove in terms of eradicating other peoples religion or spirituality. It is what you do,, NOT WHAT YOU SAY. be kind- be kind- be kind- love your enemies–perhaps it will convince them the of the truth of christianity??

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    “When did Jesus Christ become a fair target for the ridiculing media?”

    When His buffoons (like Jerry “the gays are resoponsible for hurricanes” Falsewell and Jimmy ‘two whores” Swaggart and John “the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon” Hagee and Benny “twelve Rolls Royces” Hinn and Ted “hustlers and drugs” Haggart, ET CETERA) made a mockery of sincere, honest, humble, Christian faith.

    THAT’S when.

    Thanx 4 askin’.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    “So, what has happened — that concerned Christian Americans are viewed as no different than murderous Islamist radicals?”

    When “concerned Christians” no longer view God’s gay and lesbian children as “no different” than murderers, rapists, child-molesters, beastialists, thieves, et cetera, (all of which is readily and repeatedly posted here on B’net) perhaps such false ‘stigma’ (being viewed as no different than murderous Islamist radicals) will evaporate.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dominina

    Jesus is Lord …..does this offend you? We who believe in the Son of God, the Scriptures and the religion of our ancestors also have a right to say so without being censored, jailed, ridiculed or abused. So, who has the problem with a hate crime. Sorry, but it seems that those of you who find offense in simple, good old fashioned faith have the hate crime problem, not us. We don’t hate anyone. Jesus Christ told his followers to love their enemies. Do you? He said blessed are the peacemakers. Are you a peacemaker? He said to give to the poor, to do good on the earth. Gee, what a crime it is to follow such advise. Everything is promoted one way or another in America, everything is bombarding everyone all the time, on TV, movies, videos, and all manner of men are quoted from various religions, innumerable historical figures, so I just don’t get why this is such a problem for so many people. Where does the work force apply? No one forces anyone to do anything. Are the television kingpins forcing us to buy the products advertised, forcing us to laugh at the comedy programs, to believe in fairies and aliens, to be beautiful, rich, etc. by endorsing something? If everyone can talk about everything, endorse everything else under the sun, than so should Christians be able to express their faith and beliefs in publc and add their viewpoint to the mix. Belief in Jesus Christ and talking about this belief doesn’t constitute a breach in the separation of Church and State. The State in a FREE SOCIETY is obligated to support religious freedom as the Constitution states. Unlawful activity is when the State forces one religion on the masses over others and forces it on its citizens. Or, as in the case of censorship of the name of Christ, forces one religious group to suppress what they believe and their right to freedom of speech. It is not forcing anyone to accept a religion to talk about Jesus, any more than it is forcing someone to buy a car to advertise it on television. Oddly enough, other religious figures, however, are quoted in public, like Gandhi, for example, and others. No. This is just a gross misinterpretation of the law, actually, and a hate crime against Christianity and Christians. Christians have to unite and take back their right to be what they are without fear in America, if America is to remain free.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment J. Regan

    I believe that the people making the remarks and saying things about Christians are sadly hurting and they don’t even know it. I will pray for them and hope they come to the realization that Christ is the ONLY way.
    God Bless you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MPB

    It was totally inappropriate for Brit Hume to suggest that he turn to Christianity, when Woods is part of religion that predates Christianity. Hume showed a lot of ignorance, and arrogance with that statement.

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