Skip to comments.My cross to bear – why I no longer hide my faith in the newsroom
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 didnt seem to matter to management that I wasnt 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 didnt appear biased. I got the message: Real reporters dont wear religious symbols.
...The unspoken and spoken bias meant that I didnt talk about my faith at work. And I certainly didnt 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 wasnt 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, Im wearing crosses again. If you dont want to hear my news analysis because of it, Im OK with that. I've learned to bless my detractors
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
God bless Lauren Ashburn.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Are you Muslim?
3 cheers for Lauren
Are you Muslim?
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.
I swear, if you watch the Ben Affleck cartoon closely you will notice he is saying a “Hail Mary”. Pretty sure. Maybe, “Yay Francis”?
No kidding! lol
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"?
Lauren Ashburn gets it! I hope she will be an influence for others.
Thanks for the ping. Three more cheers for Lauren!
you raise rabid anti-Catholicism to an art-form.
For the Greater Glory of God
From the story:
As the years went on, and my crosses hung in my jewelry box, I realized that I didnt 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 Im not objective, and then Id be denied the ability to report the news, a job I loved.
The slow desensitization of American media and America.
Good question.....that was such a weird picture.
Just needing some clarity... for my own reasons...
Thanks in advance.
Does that mean that, as a Catholic, you too wear hoop earrings, hair bleaching, and red lipstick?
This is a nice find. Thanks for the post.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
One sick puppy
Say one Hail Mary for his soul, it will make you feel better and please Jesus and His mother.
My only point is that baptismal cross is not jewelry. I don’t know anything about that woman in particular and don’t care.
Like Steve Lawrence sang - Go away, little girl.
Could you possibly be any more snarky?
Since you asked so nicely, I will give it my best effort.
It was a rhetorical question.