Christianity Saves the News Media
Jim Fair on the connection between Christianity and free press.
by Jim Fair | Source:
If the folks in the news media were paying attention, they would be working hard to keep America Christian rather than jumping on every politician who dares to suggest that we are a “Christian” nation.
You see, in a Christian nation the media tend to have a lot more freedom, despite their constant haranguing about the danger of creeping union of state and religion. Really.
I got into one of my internet exploration moods and spent a little time on the site of Freedom House, an organization that describes itself as follows:
Freedom House is a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Since its founding in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie and other Americans concerned with the mounting threats to peace and democracy, Freedom House has been a vigorous proponent of democratic values and a steadfast opponent of dictatorships of the far left and the far right.
In other words, this isn’t some sort of conservative Catholic gang. But what I found interesting was their map of which countries have freedom of the press and which do not.
It takes a very brief analysis to realize that the nations with the most freedom of the press are all nations with a long Christian tradition. Those that have partial freedom of the press are either Christian or have had significant Christian presence during their history. And you guess right; those without freedom of the press are not Christian.
What a revelation: a Christian nation allows freedom of the press in greater measure than a pagan nation, a Moslem nation or nation that is still trying to figure out what it is.
OK…I expect there are some media types who don’t see the connection, that freedom and Christianity are somehow linked. Maybe they could set up operations in Saudi Arabia, Burma or China and see how long a crusading editorial approach lasts.
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