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Media Outlets Don’t Get Religion

Christopher Bedford of the Federalist probes large media outlets’ generally clueless coverage of religious issues.

Newspaper readers and news-watchers these past few weeks have been treated to a running analysis from pundits and reporters on whether Catholic politicians should be under different rules than the other billion less-famous Catholics.

It’s not shocking that The New York Times and their friends think the Catholic Church ought to abandon millennia of moral teaching to suit Western left-wing policies, but a funny thing arises throughout their coverage: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are called
“conservative” or even “deeply conservative,” Pope Francis and President Joe Biden are referred to as “liberal” allies, and a discussion of ancient church doctrine — and its 60 years of declining influence — somehow revolves around former President Donald Trump, who isn’t Catholic and hasn’t said anything about this.

“Conservative American Catholic bishops are pressing for a debate,” The New York Times reported June 14, “over whether Catholics who support the right to an abortion should be allowed to take Communion.”

Five days later, after the bishops declined to be cowed by the Times’ completely false reporting, the same writer upgraded the gathering to the laughably false moniker, “the deeply conservative American bishops conference.” …

… It’s not totally uncommon: Attempting to fit religion into politics isn’t confined to the political left, and more than a few on the Christian right have tried the same trick. But there’s something broader at play here, and because of it, Catholics shouldn’t feel specifically targeted by the displays of ignorance above. Why not? Because while religion is included, the modern left sees everything it lay eyes on in terms of politics.

In the family unit, the idea of the father is a conservative patriarchal concept, demeaning to womanhood.

Flying the American flag is a sign of racism and support for Trump.

 

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...