Skewed priorities, shaded truths mock Christianity

When did it happen? How did we get to this point in our history, where we're told to accept the "abnormal" as "normal?"  Wrong is "right" and the crude is embraced. And when truth is clear, we have too many "experts" ready to tell us that their view trumps the facts.

At every turn, it seems like anything traditional is questioned or lampooned and only the "edgy" and "out-of-mainstream" is championed.  Certainly there are plenty of outside forces at work here, but it's also partially our fault. Too often we sit on the sidelines, paying scant attention to the news and preferring to remain uninvolved.

I'm sure that removing prayer from schools helped fuel the situation. Decades of heated church-state rhetoric led to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the early 1960s, leaving a legacy of increasing distain for religion and people of faith. Watch just about any pop culture media portrayal of Christianity and you'll find stereotypical coverage, fueled by ignorance. Want more frustration? Consider the fawning handling of news involving other religions, especially Islam.

Recently the top law enforcement official in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder, had a difficult time publicly admitting that extreme elements in the Muslim world are responsible for attacks on America, especially the Times Square car bomb incident. In House of Representatives testimony, Holder was questioned by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith about the issue, very carefully watching his language:

Rep. Smith: Are you uncomfortable attributing any of their (terrorists) actions to radical Islam? It sounds like it.

AG Holder: No, no I don't want to say anything negative about a religion … that's not consistent with the teachings of it.

Rep. Smith: "Could radical Islam have motivated these individuals to take the steps that they did?"

AG Holder: "I certainly think that it's possible that people who espouse a radical version of Islam have had an ability to have an impact on people like Mr. Shahzad."

Rep. Smith: OK, could it have been the case in one of these three (terrorism) instances … could one of these three individuals have been incited by radical Islam…"

AG Holder: Well, I think potentially incited by an Islam that is inconsistent with the teachings (of Islam)…

Rep. Smith: It's hard Mr. AG, it's hard to get an answer yes or no (from you)…

Indeed. What is the Obama administration's problem with calling it what it is?  They've been very comfortable demonizing anything remotely Christian, including hyping news about a so-called "Christian militia" in Michgan and anytime there's a tragic incident with religious overtones, such as the killing of abortionist George Tiller. Those cases in no way represent the majority of Christians in the world, but the average casual observer wouldn't know that from the constant drumbeat of positioning and spin.

Time and again, the "experts" go out of their way to ignore reality and they'll hope-against-hope if an alleged perpetrator has any hint of an Islamic background, they'll try everything to avoid the issue.


Deflecting the truth
The Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, was initially portrayed by willing media helpers as a "white male" who was possibly motivated by a foreclosure on his house and other issues. Some suggested he could be connected to the "Tea Party" movement … a "home grown lone wolf." U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had so many twisted initial explanations, mostly wrong.

Remember the 2009 security report from Secretary Napolitano? She noted threats to our country could include "returning veterans" and that "rightwing extremism" may involve groups opposed to abortion and immigration? She still stands by that assessment.


Misplaced priorities
Then there's the Fort Hood massacre, the attempted Christmas airliner bombing over Detroit and other incidents. The initial spin is always the same: Let's not be too hasty calling this what it is.

President Barack Obama gets more riled up and passionate when railing against corporations, oilmen, doctors, insurers and banks than he does when talking about terrorists. Oops, I forgot. They're usually called "folks." The "T" word isn't used much in the White House these days.

As an added bonus, AG Holder revealed another side of this when he admitted before Congress that he hadn't even read the Arizona bill fighting illegal immigration. This outrageous comment came after days of his stirring up racial discontent for political purposes, emoting rather than dealing with the truth as written in the law. And he has the audacity to continually lecture Americans about how these are all "teachable moments." It's not the citizens who need some extra education here. Yes, political correctness is alive and well in aiding the march through the end times.


Foul language
In the meantime the culture continues to be corrupted. Coarse language like Vice President Joe Biden's open microphone "F-Bomb" gets laughed about. Then the president mouthed the same word in making a joke about it at the White House Correspondents Dinner, getting great acclaim about his comedic timing and cool attitude.

Even the octogenarian actress Betty White took the bait and got more dirty than usual on Saturday Night Live.

But we're told traditional values, clean language and faith have no real place in today's society. It's not hip, it's passé. And prayer is certainly out of place … even dangerous.

On the contrary. Prayer is essential in our times. And Christians don't need any official sanctions to pray anywhere, anytime. It's time people of faith determined to constantly use this ultimate power before it's too late.


Larson is a veteran Southern California radio/television personality and media consultant. He can be heard daily in San Diego on KCBQ 1170AM from 7 to 9 a.m., and on KPRZ 1210AM from 2 to 4 p.m. E-mail: mark@marklarson.com.

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Published, June 2010