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My cross to bear why I no longer hide my faith in the newsroom
Fox News ^ | 3/16/14 | Lauren Ashburn

Posted on 03/22/2014 11:30:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

...As a practicing Catholic, I began my career in local TV newsrooms where I quickly learned...religious beliefs are something you keep to yourself.

...I never thought that wearing a cross necklace would be considered “flashy.”

The first time I wore one to work, I was told to take it off because it would be distracting to the audience. I wanted to keep my TV job so much; I did it. It didn’t seem to matter to management that I wasn’t covering religion.

While putting the cross -- given to me by my parents -- in my purse, I told myself that it was the right thing to do in the name of objectivity. I convinced myself that management was right, and I needed to keep my religious views hidden, so I didn’t appear biased. I got the message: Real reporters don’t wear religious symbols.

...The unspoken and spoken bias meant that I didn’t talk about my faith at work. And I certainly didn’t talk about my volunteer work at a pro-life pregnancy center where we collected clothes for babies, and talked to women about adoption alternatives.

A nagging feeling of guilt (another tried and true Catholic tradition) always lurked in the back of my mind. I was ashamed of myself for tossing aside my faith in God, my belief in Jesus Christ as my Savior. It wasn’t lost on me that all around the world Christians die for the right to bear witness in public, and, yet, in our free country, I hid my beliefs in the name of the news gods.

...For the record, I’m wearing crosses again. If you don’t want to hear my news analysis because of it, I’m OK with that. I've learned to bless my detractors

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; foxnews; laurenashburn; media; msm; news; newsreporter; religion; roxanne; truth; workplace

God bless Lauren Ashburn.

1 posted on 03/22/2014 11:30:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

The Muslim women where I work have never wore anything that would suggest they were Muslim.Within the past few years they have begun wearing a head scarf.
I would dare anyone to suggest I should take off a crucifix or cross.I also have worn a Star of David on some occasions.
Yeah,maybe I am looking for a battle.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 11:37:52 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
...I never thought that wearing a cross necklace would be considered “flashy.” The first time I wore one to work, I was told to take it off because it would be distracting to the audience....A nagging feeling of guilt (another tried and true Catholic tradition) always lurked in the back of my mind. I was ashamed of myself for tossing aside my faith in God, my belief in Jesus Christ as my Savior. It wasn’t lost on me that all around the world Christians die for the right to bear witness in public, and, yet, in our free country, I hid my beliefs in the name of the news gods....For the record, I’m wearing crosses again. If you don’t want to hear my news analysis because of it, I’m OK with that. I've learned to bless my detractors.

I hope her faith and witness in the workplace consists of more than wearing jewelry. I wonder what faith her hoop earrings, hair bleaching, and red lipstick are worn to symbolize?


3 posted on 03/22/2014 11:42:24 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy

I have noticed many of the women on Fox do wear Crosses. If someone wants to wear an Ank to profess there faith in Isis —a little Buddah to show their love of the enlightened one, a a Krisna to show their Hindu faith—I am OK with that—I even admire them for being brave enough to openly declare their allegence. Forbiding anyone from expressing their beliefs is—a form of tyranny.


4 posted on 03/22/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Alex Murphy

Oh, brother....
5 posted on 03/22/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thanks for not simply enlightening but also refreshing article. The article illustrates just how Christians and Catholics are oppressed in our media and how their views are not allowed to be expressed.

Just maybe, this will start a trend where Christians and Catholics work in the news media will be able to express their faith and provide a Christian prospective on the news that they report. Such reporting will not only give us a more positive view on the events of the world, but move more Americans to the faith.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 11:57:12 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Alex Murphy

The Graduate

7 posted on 03/22/2014 12:07:09 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: Alex Murphy
I wonder what faith her hoop earrings, hair bleaching, and red lipstick are worn to symbolize?

Are you Muslim?

8 posted on 03/22/2014 12:08:03 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; NYer; Salvation; zot

3 cheers for Lauren


9 posted on 03/22/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT by GreyFriar ( Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Alex Murphy

Are you Muslim?


10 posted on 03/22/2014 12:15:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Alex Murphy
I second that


Oh brother...

11 posted on 03/22/2014 12:24:59 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Oliviaforever

I suggest Christians going to see “God’s Not Dead”, a movie that opened nation wide last night.

I saw it, and it has a pretty good message. Not a perfect film, but challenging enough to Christians in our day...when our faith is being ridiculed.


12 posted on 03/22/2014 12:30:07 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Alex Murphy

I swear, if you watch the Ben Affleck cartoon closely you will notice he is saying a “Hail Mary”. Pretty sure. Maybe, “Yay Francis”?


13 posted on 03/22/2014 12:45:31 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: SoFloFreeper

No kidding! lol


14 posted on 03/22/2014 12:46:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
The first time I wore one to work, I was told to take it off because it would be distracting to the audience.

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Wonder what happens when abortion enthusiast 'womyn' wear necklaces with coat hanger pendants on the air .... will the powers-that-be demand they not wear them because they are "distracting"?

15 posted on 03/22/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Lauren Ashburn gets it! I hope she will be an influence for others.

www.patburt.com


16 posted on 03/22/2014 1:09:28 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-10)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Three more cheers for Lauren!


17 posted on 03/22/2014 1:14:50 PM PDT by zot
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To: Alex Murphy

you raise rabid anti-Catholicism to an art-form.

For the Greater Glory of God


18 posted on 03/22/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


19 posted on 03/22/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: SoFloFreeper

From the story:
As the years went on, and my crosses hung in my jewelry box, I realized that I didn’t even feel right wearing them outside of the TV station either. In my head, the unofficial work rule bled into my personal life, taking me farther away from God. Somehow, I thought, someone will see me wearing a cross in a grocery store and decide that I’m not objective, and then I’d be denied the ability to report the news, a job I loved.

The slow desensitization of American media and America.


20 posted on 03/22/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Qiviut

Good question.....that was such a weird picture.


21 posted on 03/22/2014 2:56:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy
So, the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades have a problem with nice looking Catholic TV ladies wearing some makeup and jewelry?

Yes?

Just needing some clarity... for my own reasons...

Thanks in advance.

22 posted on 03/22/2014 3:06:35 PM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: LurkingSince'98
you raise rabid anti-Catholicism to an art-form

Does that mean that, as a Catholic, you too wear hoop earrings, hair bleaching, and red lipstick?

23 posted on 03/22/2014 3:08:12 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SoFloFreeper

This is a nice find. Thanks for the post.


24 posted on 03/22/2014 3:09:26 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: LurkingSince'98
I noticed as well.....
25 posted on 03/22/2014 3:12:07 PM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: Alex Murphy

In Catholic and Orthodox tradition the wearing of the baptismal cross is a necessary sign of identification as Christian, and not “jewelry”. You are right, of course, that the obligation to witness is not completed with that.


26 posted on 03/22/2014 3:40:54 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Alex Murphy

Rabid Anti-Catholicism


27 posted on 03/22/2014 3:47:12 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: annalex; Dutchboy88
In Catholic and Orthodox tradition the wearing of the baptismal cross is a necessary sign of identification as Christian, and not “jewelry”. You are right, of course, that the obligation to witness is not completed with that.

Indeed. We've all learned from this thread that bleached blonde hair, hoop earrings and red lipstick are all required to complete the witness, and that to deny such is rabid anti-Catholicism of the highest form.

Good thing that I didn't question the four-inch pumps.

28 posted on 03/22/2014 3:54:19 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy

You never ever miss a chance to bash anything Catholic.

You must really lead a boring life devoid of charity.

AMDG


29 posted on 03/22/2014 3:59:42 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: LurkingSince'98
You never ever miss a chance to bash anything Catholic. You must really lead a boring life devoid of charity.

Those pumps make you look fat.

30 posted on 03/22/2014 4:05:06 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy

Hey Catholic basher see you again.

Now you are going to have to make another post cause you never let a Catholic have the last word.

Can you say ‘pathological’ boys and girls?


31 posted on 03/22/2014 4:25:52 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: Alex Murphy

Your poor wife....


32 posted on 03/22/2014 4:35:09 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Prince of Space
Your poor wife....

Were I married, my wife would know that my mind is made up, and she would put away the make-up. I'd tell her once, and I wouldn't tell her again, that it's a bad way.

33 posted on 03/22/2014 4:48:35 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy


Were I married, my wife would know that my mind is made up, and she would put away the make-up. I’d tell her once, and I wouldn’t tell her again, that it’s a bad way. “

Do the following words resonate with you...

Eccentric

Autocratic

Mysoginistic

One sick puppy


34 posted on 03/22/2014 5:16:17 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: LurkingSince'98

Say one Hail Mary for his soul, it will make you feel better and please Jesus and His mother.


35 posted on 03/22/2014 7:37:23 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Alex Murphy

My only point is that baptismal cross is not jewelry. I don’t know anything about that woman in particular and don’t care.


36 posted on 03/22/2014 7:41:32 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Alex Murphy

Like Steve Lawrence sang - Go away, little girl.


37 posted on 03/22/2014 7:46:39 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Alex Murphy

Could you possibly be any more snarky?


38 posted on 03/22/2014 8:38:19 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret
Could you possibly be any more snarky?

Since you asked so nicely, I will give it my best effort.

39 posted on 03/22/2014 8:39:16 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy

It was a rhetorical question.


40 posted on 03/22/2014 8:46:41 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: tiki

Done

thanks

AMDG


41 posted on 03/22/2014 9:06:37 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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