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Easter "Hit" Parade-cultural elites launch a blizzard of attacks on religion during holiest season.
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 6, 2007 | Brian Fitzpatrick

Posted on 04/06/2007 6:00:38 AM PDT by SJackson

Christians and Jews are accustomed to cultural elites trying to undermine their religious faith during Lent, Passover and Easter – but it’s never been as bad as this year. 

Beginning on February 26, the news and entertainment media have fired a stunning barrage of criticism at religious beliefs, religious practice, and religious symbols. Nothing is too sacred to attack this year, not even the most crucial teachings of Judaism and Christianity.

This year’s Easter “Hit” Parade began just five days after the beginning of Lent, at a February 26 press conference.  Hollywood über-director James Cameron and Emmy Award-winning director Simcha Jacobovici announced to the world that they have found Jesus’ remains, thereby knocking the central pillar out from under the Christian edifice.  As the apostle Paul wrote, “if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!”  (1 Corinthians 15:17). Cameron’s and Jacobovici’s conclusions were quickly shredded by a phalanx of Jewish, Christian and secular scholars, but the media’s Easter “Hit” Parade marched on.

The Washington Post chose to question the Resurrection in a March 31 story, “A Debate for the Millennia: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?”  The story, by Daniel Burke of Religion News Service, quotes expert witnesses on both sides of the debate, but fairness and balance isn’t the issue.  The real issue is why the Post decided to raise this particular subject just before the beginning of Holy Week. 

Also on March 31, a New York Times story suggested that a “secret” gospel of Mark may describe “Jesus initiating his disciples” with a “homosexual rite.” The text, which may be a hoax, was supposedly found in 1958.  The discoverer or hoaxer, Columbia historian Morton Smith, wrote a book about it in 1973, and three other authors wrote books about Smith’s work in 2005.   Reporter Peter Steinfels never explains why the story suddenly became newsworthy on the eve of Holy Week, 2007.  

On April 4, author Susan Jacoby posted a column on the Newsweek/Washington Post website, asserting, “You either believe that Jesus rose from the dead or you don't. The proposition is not subject to any kind of natural proof.” However, the Resurrection is subject to historical evidence, such as the eyewitness accounts recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.   Belief in the Resurrection is not based on blind faith, as Jacoby suggests.

The news and entertainment media routinely take shots at religious faith every Easter season.  Honest questioning of all beliefs, sacred or secular, is commendable.   How else are we to know whether our beliefs are true?  However, the media largely ignore religious doctrine most of the year. The challenges usually come during the holiest seasons, and the timing of these often scurrilous attacks on faith displays a profound hostility toward both God and the faithful. Expect the Easter “Hit” Parade to continue.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: ac; antichristian; culturewar; grinchstoleeaster; mediabias; moralabsolutes; persecution; religiousintolerance; whereisyourgodnow

1 posted on 04/06/2007 6:00:41 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson; WKB; NYer; wagglebee; little jeremiah

Of course. It’s not the first time Jesus was mocked and God’s existence was questioned.


2 posted on 04/06/2007 6:22:17 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: SJackson; metmom
Christians and Jews are accustomed to cultural elites trying to undermine their religious faith during Lent, Passover and Easter – but it’s never been as bad as this year.

It seems to get WORSE every year.

Happy Easter and a belated Happy Passover to all.

3 posted on 04/06/2007 6:33:20 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: SJackson

Christianity is a threat to these people. Of course they will lash out. But they will one day answer for what they do, as we all will.


4 posted on 04/06/2007 6:44:45 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Rest of the Story, My bad that this didnt print with the first part.)
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To: Bulldawg Fan
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about liberty and faith in his death burial and resurrection and not in the all knowing state.

I thank God through Jesus Christ that these people revile us. They are a joke and rely on the weak and beggarly elements of this world.

5 posted on 04/06/2007 6:56:43 AM PDT by nativist (Islam: an excuse to kill someone you don't like.)
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To: wagglebee
I anxiously await the same high profile probing of Islam and Mohamed. Maybe NPR and CNN could host an open air forum in Islamabad with a panel of critics, they would be great fun to watch.
6 posted on 04/06/2007 7:30:56 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: SJackson

This is not surprising. People have mocked Christ since the time of Christ himself. These MSM outlets are just continuing the 2000 year-old attacks against Christianity.


7 posted on 04/06/2007 7:51:34 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: SJackson

Newsweek has been doing this for years. At Christmas and Easter their holiday gift to Chrisian readers is a story that questions the basis of their faith. I’ve often wondered if this is a deliberate insult or if they’re just to dense to realize how offensive it is.


8 posted on 04/06/2007 11:00:40 AM PDT by joylyn
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To: joylyn

I can remember hit pieces way back in the 1980s from Nooseweak.


9 posted on 04/06/2007 11:12:48 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource

The proclimation that “God is Dead” goes back to 1964 in Time Magazine.


10 posted on 04/06/2007 12:48:29 PM PDT by weegee (Carbon credits are nothing but the Global Warming movement's way of selling indugences.)
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To: metmom

Thanks, MM! A definite MA list article. Will get to pinging tomorrow.


11 posted on 04/06/2007 4:02:38 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: joylyn

Of course it’s deliberate. The cultural elites think that anyone with strong faith in God is a fool who needs enlightenment.


12 posted on 04/06/2007 4:04:01 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: SJackson; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
The War on Christianity has Spread to Christmas and now Easter: "Spring Egg Hunt" & "Spring Bunny"

13 posted on 04/09/2007 1:59:26 PM PDT by Coleus (Happy Easter, Jesus Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!)
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To: Coleus; SJackson

I was watching a TV in a restaurant a few days before Easter, and what should I see but a Christmas movie. Subtle, but hostile, I thought.


14 posted on 04/09/2007 2:06:17 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: SJackson
Skeptics are nothing new. Many of these so-called news outlets, Newsweak, the NY Times, are decaying, decadent, musty old media with one foot in the grave anyway. If it’s a choice between them and the One through whom all things were made, I know where I’ll place my wager.
15 posted on 04/09/2007 2:11:21 PM PDT by chimera
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To: SJackson
Every year they trot out the same old gnostic gospels, which were thoroughly discredited 1800 years ago, as if they were some stunning new revelation.
16 posted on 04/09/2007 2:18:38 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: Old North State
I anxiously await the same high profile probing of Islam and Mohamed. Maybe NPR and CNN could host an open air forum in Islamabad with a panel of critics, they would be great fun to watch.

Think we'll ever see Discovery, The History Channel, MSNBC, 20/20, et al ever do a show called "Is Islam really the religion of peace?"

17 posted on 04/09/2007 2:42:07 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (Vote for the person at the primaries; vote for the party at the election.)
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To: Coleus; All
The April issue of Chronicles has several fascinating articles on what it terms "Christophobia." It is well worth the price if you can find the magazine on the news stand.

Sorry but no articles are posted on-line.
18 posted on 04/09/2007 4:20:52 PM PDT by Frank Sheed ("Shakespeare the Papist" by Fr. Peter Milward, S.J.)
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To: Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Fr. Benedict Groetschel commented the other evening that for the past 2 years, the New York Times has totally ignored the Feast of Easter. No mention whatsoever of it in their paper, despite the fact that half the residents of NY are christian. Was this year any different?

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19 posted on 04/09/2007 7:28:21 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: SJackson

After all for all who are not Christians — it’s open season of Jesus. My pastor gave an excellent homily on this subject. It is on our website.

FRmail me if you want the link.


20 posted on 04/09/2007 8:46:08 PM PDT by Salvation (" With God all things are possible. ")
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To: joebuck
I watched a piece on Greek Mythology the other day. It’s remarkably creepy and picks little pieces of Christianity to mock. What amazed/amused me was it was said that archaeologists are frantically searching for evidence to prove the existence of things that were written about ancient Greece. Yet these are the same group of "enlightened" people who are searching for ways to disprove Judaism and Christianity
21 posted on 04/09/2007 9:15:21 PM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: SJackson

This is nothing new. They specifically wait for the Christmas or Easter season to broadcast their hit pieces. In fact, CNN is still running theirs.


22 posted on 04/09/2007 9:58:03 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (I used to wonder what it would be like to live in the Dark Ages. Now I know.)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Until the Christians turn vicious and cut a few heads, this will continue to happen, year after year. I’m not advocating that, of course! I’m just stating, that’s why the Muslims have appeasers and the Christians don’t. That’s why the media attacks Christianity relentlessly, and why they don’t dare attack Islam.


23 posted on 04/09/2007 10:07:54 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (I used to wonder what it would be like to live in the Dark Ages. Now I know.)
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To: joebuck

It’s ridiculous, but since the war is already won, all that Satan has left is a battle of attrition.

Regarding the gnostics, they try to cloak them in the “legitimate” label. Of course they may be legitimate in their existence, but that doesn’t make them legitimate in truth. I could write a gospel according to me and it would be a legitimate work of my time, but doesn’t make it so regarding the truth.

But then again, as others have said, they believe us to be inferior in intelligence and think we won’t understand the difference.


24 posted on 04/09/2007 11:06:32 PM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: SJackson
Too bad I don't receive any of these fine fish wraps. Missed those TV specials too. Oh well.

My kids got a good dose of "Charlotte's Web" and "St. Francis of Assisi" on DVD, Easter weekend.

25 posted on 04/10/2007 5:22:02 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: SJackson
Yeah - but just wait until Ramadan - this year we'll see:

The History Channel will question whether the Koran is God’s genuine revelation to mankind.

Newsweek will tease readers with the headline “Is Allah Real?,” and features a debate between a prominent Imam and an outspoken atheist. National Public Radio also carried an atheist/Muslim debate.

A Ramadan New York Times article dismisses the story of Mohammad's blessings as a “myth.”

Newsweek’s Ramadan cover story, “The Child Bride,” showcases instances in the Koran that get little to no attenion - including the children who married Mohammed.

The arts world has mocked Mohammed with a life-sized, nude, anatomically correct sculpture made of chocolate, reducing Him to the level of the Easter Bunny.

The Discovery Channel took the prize. Discovery aired a documentary, “The Lost Tomb of Mohammed,” that claims to have disproved the foundational belief of Muslims: claiming that Mohammed was actually Jewish.

I won't hold my breath because if any one of the above ever happened there would be blood in the streets. Obviously, some types of diversity are more equal than others.
26 posted on 04/10/2007 5:30:25 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: weegee
The proclimation that “God is Dead” goes back to 1964 in Time Magazine.

April 8, 1966, to be exact.

The cover appeared in an opening scene in the film "Rosemary's Baby," of which Roman Polanski was the director. He was also the husband of Sharon Tate.

It's not hard to see the hand of the devil in all of this.

27 posted on 04/10/2007 5:32:16 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: SJackson
The Devil shows up at this time every year to deny the divinity of Jesus. He has been doing it ever since His crucifixion and resurrection in 33AD.

So, what else is new?

28 posted on 04/10/2007 6:36:58 AM PDT by Gritty (A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue - Proverbs 17:4)
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To: SJackson
I was kinda shocked to see one of the networks list The Greatest Story Ever Told as an historical drama. Pleasantly shocked, of course, but shocked nonetheless.
29 posted on 04/10/2007 6:38:48 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson 2008. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter 2008 (VP) Lifetime ACU Rating: 92)
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To: Aquinasfan

The intensifying cultural attacks on Christianity are reminiscent of the kind of seething resentment of the damned who have been permanently separated from God. It almost bears the quality of a world that all-too certainly understands that God exists and hates Him because they cannot have any power over Him.

I wish I weren’t so cynical, but a good chunk of society appears to be reprobate. At some point, the fullness of the Gentiles will be met and the most fruitful course of action will be to strengthen those who believe and leave the rest to the fate they’ve chosen. I mean, at some point, the door of the ark was closed. I don’t necessarily mean at the micro-evangelical level - we can’t stop fishing for men - but in terms of reversing the general trend towards secular atheism, it would patently naive to think this is going to change. i.e., circle the wagons.


30 posted on 04/10/2007 8:12:40 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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