Katherine Kersten: How religion was overrun by journalism

  • Article by: KATHERINE KERSTEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 12, 2010 - 6:31 PM

There was an intentional effort to build a new moral authority for America.

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linniemaeJun. 12, 10 6:38 PM

It's hard to know where to begin with this column. I think the subtext is: "Don't even think about reporting the truth about our corporate overlords." Believe ....

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BobtheguyJun. 12, 10 7:06 PM

and and that it is largely populated by left wing pseudo-intellectuals. I believe the author has a good point. Now, is there any evidence to the contrary? Nope. Christianity is getting pummeled by "progressive", Liberal forces in culture. The drive to enslave the populace by blinding them, or numbing them, or bribing them is on going and accelerating. The truth makes one free... The news and mass media is contrived entertainment, in many cases with an agenda.

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futuricsJun. 12, 10 7:11 PM

Especially, the current crop of mush-headed left-leaners. That said, perhaps Kerstin should entertain the thought that more and more people are finding religion to actually be spiritually and morally bankrupt. Minor historical spurts of journalist support of petty religiosity notwithstanding, the more one reads from other sources than the Bible, the more one realizes the superstitious hogwash that is Christianity. Of course, Kerstin's underlying script for this article is how Christianity is supposedly being "persecuted." But frankly, my "civic life" would be greatly enhanced if things like the Sunday 'Blue Laws' were repealed as discriminatory and unconstitutional. That kind of petty "religious influence" we can do without. With religion's "overrun" over so much of our social fabric, who is the actual persecutor, Katherine? Kindly keep your pious Christianity completely out of the public square. After the veil of superstition is lifted, religion's greatest products are indeed emptiness and anomie!

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hahaha99Jun. 12, 10 7:12 PM

I'd suggest you take a 6 months "vacation" and take a few basic journalism courses because you plainly learned nothing in law school.

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hahaha99Jun. 12, 10 7:15 PM

That is a good development. We do not live in a religious dictatorship...or as you would obviously prefer...a Catholic dictatorship with that old man in the Vatican as our oppressor.

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hahaha99Jun. 12, 10 7:17 PM

Once again you cite some mysterious "study" without giving proper attribution. WHY don't you cite your sources so we can read them? What are you afraid of?

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hahaha99Jun. 12, 10 7:20 PM

You, KK, are exhibit A of an "ignorant, incompetent, [and homophobic] reporter."

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orpheus90Jun. 12, 10 7:33 PM

I'm doubtful that Ms. Kersten has much of a point here. Is she suggesting that it's the job of media to tow the religious line, specifically Christian, pertaining to matters of public and personal morality, as she claims it once did over a century ago? That seems rather laughable. Yes, no question, newspapers at one time did advocate religious precepts as public code, just as the the police, the courts and a whole host of other social organs thought it their job to enforce such codes in the name of public morals. But since that time, we've also come a clearer understanding of the demarcation of the public and religious spheres, specifically, that the advocacy and enforcement of religious codes through the agency of the public sphere is tantamount to a corruption of the public sphere's role. Incidentally, that '33 study indicating a drop in favorable views toward Christianity as expressed in magazine articles no doubt reflected the greater public view in the post-Prohibition era.

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ebfauvelJun. 12, 10 7:33 PM

Do you ever get tired of seeing them behind every bush? How ironic that such a piece could be penned by someone trying to pass herself off as a journalist!

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ebfauvelJun. 12, 10 7:35 PM

Doh!

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