Yet another whine about “media ignorance of religion”


I seemingly must rewrite this every election season. As Ben Carson rises and the media is confronted by some mysterious something called a “Seventh Day Adventist,” it is time again to explain American Protestantism to the press. It is amazing how the American mainstream media continues to write about American Christianity with complete ignorance regarding its basic terms, history, and beliefs.

First, understand that a “mainline” protestant is not a “mainstream” protestant. The two are not interchangeable. The former is more of an academic term. The basic way to understand what a mainline protestant is would be to understand that the term largely means those protestant denominations that existed during the colonial era of the American colonies and as they have evolved from that point. More.

Aw, come off it. The legacy media have never been ignorant of the fundamental thing they need to know, which is, their distortions don’t matter.

They can afford to ignore or distort American religion, or launch persecutions against it, as long as Christians and Jews vote for progressives, against their own best interests—and fund their PR agencies, legacy media. Which is to say, well nigh forever.

Many religious people are more interested in self-righteousness ansocial acceptance than in self-protection and civil liberties—and they have their reward.

So now, how isn’t the world unfolding the way it should? Or anyway must?

See also: Americans are losing their religion, says polling firm

People usually gain a new religion when they lose an old one. In this case, they replace God with Government.

  • Frances

    So Dr Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist. Interesting. So he is also a vegetarian?

  • UCSPanther

    The Soviets tried to abolish God, but they merely deified the State instead.

  • Everyone Else

    Denyse O’Leary your editorializing contains many assumptions the BCF readership doesn’t necessarily share.