"If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian." (1)So apparently, if you are an European atheist who wants to continue to enjoy the political and cultural benefits of Christianity, in Anders Breivik's terrorist world that makes you a "Christian". And if you murder a bunch of people in the name of Christianity, that makes you an even better "Christian". Of course, it goes without saying that the lamestream media will jump at every opportunity to smear Christianity, so they are running with the terrorist's definition of what constitutes the same without any context or opposing points of view.
Now if the terrorist turned out to be a Muslim, and murdered all those people in the name of Allah, you can bet the lamestream media would be breathlessly filling their rags full of Muslim apologetics explaining why it's impossible for a true Muslim to commit acts of terror because "Islam is a religion of peace."
And wouldn't you know it, the revolutionaries masquerading as the media are now trying to link the murder spree in Norway --and-- the murder spree in Arizona that left six people dead and thirteen more wounded to--yep, you guessed it--Sarah Palin.
I suppose I could express outrage, but that would imply that I still hold the lamestream media in high regard. I do not. Nor do the vast majority of Americans anymore. For instance, in 2009 a SHU national poll found that:
"Just 24.3% indicated they believe all or most news media reporting. While this is up from 19.6% in 2007, it remains lower than the 27.4% recorded in 2003."And further that:
...86.6% (87.6% in 2007 and 70.3% in 2003) strongly and somewhat agreed that the news media have their own political and public policy positions and attempt to influence public opinion. And, 85.3% (86.0% in 2007 and 76.7% in 2003) strongly and somewhat agreed that the news media have their own political positions and attempt to influence public policies.SHU's Associate Professor of Media Studies and Digital Culture, James Castonguay, states the obvious:
"The results suggest that we are witnessing a new era of partisan media with the important difference that current news outlets claim to be offering objective coverage when they often aren’t."Perhaps that is why Sarah Palin refers to the MSM as the "Lamestream Media." This is one of the few areas where I (albeit mildly) disagree with the governor. I think she's being too charitable in her description of the MSM. But I use her phrase anyway because Christians are supposed to be charitable and...well...she's Sarah Palin!!!