Friday, September 30, 2011

A Short Minor Musing About Getting Religion

I've been meaning to get to this post from Get Religion for most of the week, but "the best laid plans....." and all that stuff meant that I haven't.  The key quotation,

Again, it’s weird that any story about the White House forgetting to send out a Christian holiday proclamation gets hundreds of hits while any story indicating Obama’s familiarity with a Bible story gets downplayed to the point of almost a blackout. And the thing is that I’ve covered Obama enough to know that he drops stuff like this somewhat regularly.
If the sermon at whatever church Michele Bachmann happened to visit in Iowa one day gets coverage, if every reference a GOP candidate makes to — gasp — prayer gets covered, surely a presidential speech built completely around the faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego might be worthy of something, right?
For those who need a quick a reminder, here's the Statler Brothers with a refresher.  After all, nothing says Friday morning like a gospel quartet.


The post makes a large point.  Is religion solely a Republican affair unless it's the meme that Obama is Muslim?

Failing to cover this speech only reinforces negative perceptions.  First, the press is in Obama's pocket so they won't write anything that will cause him trouble with his secular liberal base.  Second, the press doesn't understand and doesn't want to understand religious people.  Third, Democrats can't do religion.

I understand that matters of faith are tricky to write about, but Republicans aren't the only people who read the Bible.  Some of us displaced people read it and need it too.

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