It’s not a far-fetched scenario. But do you think Newsweek would publish the cartoon?
Nope, because despite its accuracy, it would be considered “insulting to Muslims.”
Meanwhile, a cartoon that says Southern Baptist men are prehistoric is just fine.
As another example of anti-Christian bias, New York Times columnist Bill Keller began his piece on May 17 with a question: “Is President Bush a religious zealot, or does he just pander to that crowd?” Oh, does it have to be either/or? There’s no Christian middle ground the president could be occupying?
In attempting to answer his question, Keller writes, “I've been talking to people who think seriously about religion, including some who know Mr. Bush.” That’s a backhanded insult to tens of millions of people, because it implies most Christians don’t “think seriously about religion.” Well, I know many Christians, some conservative, some liberal. Some literalist, and some interpretive. But all have thought -- and continue to think -- seriously about their faith.
Again, imagine a newspaper columnist who dared to question whether followers of a minority faith were either extremists or exploiters. Who dared to hint that followers of a minority faith were unthinking dupes. That writer would be out of a job in a heartbeat. In fact, he might even find himself, like Salman Rushdie, living under a death sentence.
Probably the greatest gift the Founding Fathers gave us was the First Amendment. It has ensured the minority would never suffer religious persecution at the hands of the majority. And under it, dozens of faiths have thrived, giving the United States the greatest religious diversity in the world.
That diversity is a wonderful thing, and should be celebrated. But just as they bend over backward to avoid trampling on the rights of the minority, Hollywood and the big media outlets should also be careful to respect the beliefs of the majority. They owe us at least that much.
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