Why are we always at war with Christians??? Jun 3, 2007 1:34:34 GMT -5
Post by Finn on Jun 3, 2007 1:34:34 GMT -5
chiawana said:I don't feel especially "at war" with Christians, but I do feel disgruntled with the fact that we are inundated day in and day out with their slant on everything, and when the media talks about religion it's almost always from the Christian perspective.
That is because better than 90% of this country identifies themselves as Christians. The media plays to its audience. If Wiccans, Pagans, and Heathens were the majority, the roles would reverse. I don't think there is any conspiracy or plot going on here. Like it or not, we do live in a nation dominated by the Christians. It makes perfect sense that their ideas, notions, and language will be part of the zeitgeist.
There was a recent article in Newsweek about religion among the troops in Iraq. I searched in vain for any reference to Pagans, or even to faiths other than Christianity and found none. This blatant assumption that everyone in the military is Christian really annoyed me. We all know that there are lots of Pagans in our armed services; they have well-organized groups and meetings and support systems.
Define "lots" please? Because as a percentage of the military, there are not lots of Wiccans, Pagans and/or Heathens. For that matter, why do you expect there to be a reference to us? The media isn't going to cover something unless it sells. That means if we are mentioned it will only be when it is sensational. In that case, we are better off not making the news.
To have this ignored (as well as other religions that I'm sure are represented in our military) is to me not only shoddy journalism, but playing right into the mainstream agenda of Christianizing everyone.
BINGO! They are indeed playing to the "mainstream" of America. Ok. What exactly do you find offensive about that? The media is not the government. They are a profit driven (unfortunately) enterprise. Personally, I'm glad when they don't cover us. I'm not sure I think it is "shoddy" journalism either. I don't think there is a reason to mention us unless it is newsworthy.
It seems to be assumed that everyone in this country is Christian and that this perspective is relevant to all. This is the crux of what really gets my goat. It's less to do with individuals than the seemingly almost indoctrinational aspect of the media and our government to make us all think that Christians are not only dominant, but the veiled message that if you aren't Christian, then you aren't a real American.
Hrm. You attribute too much to conspiracy here. And for that matter, nobody has to "indoctrinate" us on the notion that Christians are dominant. They are dominant. However, I don't think the media has ever made the statement that if you aren't a Christian you aren't an American. There are individuals who say that, and the media covers them. That, however, is their job. They are supposed to cover people who say things like that. They also cover Neo-Nazis, Environmentalists, Jon Stewart, and all sorts of other people who say things which are sensational or newsworthy.