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To: Mrs. Don-o

Very good post, thank you.

Not that it will convince already hardened hearts, but it certainly helped me. Speaking for myself, I forgot about the Christian perspective you pointed out here.

It’s all too easy, with the overbearing, dominant Muslim presence there, to forget there are still Christians to consider in the Middle East. The Pope (and the Vatican) can’t simply forget about them in favor of political (or even traditional) expediency.


19 posted on 09/01/2013 7:44:16 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: yldstrk; FourtySeven
No, yldstrk, you don't "have to" "like" Pope Francis, because liking is a feeling and we generally can't command our feelings. However, you are obliged to treat him --- and everyone ---justly. In Pope Francis' case we are in danger of judging him principally on the basis of the framing, captioning and narrative-template imposed on him by the EneMedia, who are are, at best, stupidly loose with the facts, and at worst twisting everything toward some priority of their own (generally found below the waist.)

In this case, also, you've got a couple hundred thousand, maybe as many as a million uprooted, violently exiled Middle Eastern Christians looking desperately for an ally and a safe haven, and the Pope using diplomacy to scramble for their sheer survival.

All this the EneMedia ignores as it points and tweets, "Pope bows to Arab Queen!" "Oh, that protocol-tweaking Frankie!" "Bet he kisses the next one --- if she's as hot as this one."

People react as if the publicity around the pope is generated, framed and labeled by him personally --- him and his corps of press-handlers --- when actually, all the initiative, and all the molding and pinching, comes from AP, Reuters, and in this case the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, fer Pete's sake.

As an example, I'm sure they cover Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as a darling and perfectly normal young mum with an adorable baby; but if she falls out of favor, every word out of her mouth will abruptly start sounding like blue-blooded bitchery, her photos will inexplicably start revealing moles and jowls, and she'll eventually be morphed into a British Paula Deen.

My advice: don't form opinions bases on media memes.

And ---especially for your fellow Christians --- always, always give the presumption of innocence and the benefit of the doubt.

47 posted on 09/01/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Reconciling all things to Himself, on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.")
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