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CNN Conducts A Report On Religious Fundamentalism

 

In the report hosted by Christiane Amanpour claims all religions in Fundamentalism are as equally violent as the other, and conservative fundamentalism in particular has a lot of political clout.


 

Liberal media bias for years has been attacking Christianity in order to try to change public opinion about it, and this news report called; "God Warriors" is no exception to the rule.  CNN is basically trying to assert that fundamentalism in any religion is the same as terrorism and believing strictly by the book (the Bible), is extreme.  It's the same theme played out by other liberal news outlets. The Chicago Tribute was somewhat disappointed by the production because it doesn't cover any new ground which other liberal outlets have already covered. However, there was no disappointment whatsoever by the Atheist revolution blog and others like it. 

The liberal media has this hunger to try and expose what they consider a threat which is really Christianity.  While playing down suicide bombers who are Muslim by labeling them as "martyr" or "martyrs" in the photos on their website, then in turn include in the mix, a non-violent group called; "Battle Cry" which is considered to be a Christian fundamentalist group.  But unlike the suicide bombers, this group whether you agree with their doctrines or not, hasn't been convicted of any violence. They just protest issues in which they believe is wrong, and stand up for issues in which they believe is right.  For example, they support the military and how dignified it is to be in the military. They have gatherings in large places to promote such issues. 

Many liberals are outraged by such conduct often times calling it a "right wing conspiracy" by the likes of such liberals as Debra Schaffer Hubert.  Still, no matter if you agree with their politics or not, there is no actual connection with violence with the group, Battle Cry.  So CNN is trying to tell the public that if you hold to strong Christian values, this makes you a fundamentalist which is the same as a terrorist.  The majority of the liberal mainstream considers anyone who stands up for moral values as a fundamentalist this includes Catholics, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Baptists, and so on. The abortion issue in particular has brought Catholics into the fundamentalist label by liberals in the mainstream even though the very core of their belief system differs from the Bible and also is not in total agreement with other religions.

Now as far as downplaying suicide bombers and this is something that CNN's report failed to show which is at the very source of terrorism in the Islamic world and it's nothing new or hard to understand.  Unlike the Scriptures the Quran makes it clear on how peaceful or warlike it really is outside their belief system. 

"Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and Godís religion shall reign supreme" (Sura 8:39)

"Prophet, rouse the faithful to arms. If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish two hundred; and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding." (Sura 8:65)

"Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given ... and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Sura 9:29)

These revelations from the Quran seem to indicate a connection with terrorism and religious violence in general. Certainly the Scriptures never implied to make a physical war on those who do not believe in Christ. The Scriptures do imply a spiritual warfare between a faithless world and the word of God but that is totally different from taking up real weapons against those who do not believe. Christianity is not about conquering lands in a violent way for Christ. Forced conversions to the death was never part of Christianity either, and those who practiced such ways were not truly Christians. In the spiritual warfare realm, all Christians are commanded to preach the gospel. The armor and weapon of choice is not a car bomb or a truck bomb, or anything like that, but it's the Word of God.  So there is no connection with the violent behavior we see from people in the world today and Christianity.

 

I had never inquired into the nuts and bolts of how Christian conservatives operate here in the U.S. ... They have huge impact, and we can't afford to treat them as a sort of loony fringe.

- Christiane Amanpour

 

When it comes to politics, it's obvious that CNN is worried about the political influence of the "the right wing" which is another reason for the production of "God Warriors".  For example, the immigration reform bill which was endorsed by President Bush, most Democrats, and some Republicans including a few key members was rejected by the majority of the public.  So much so, the bill was voted down not once but twice. Both parties blamed conservative talk radio as the main influence behind the opposition.  Some Democrats were so upset over the defeat of the bill, they wanted to bring back the "fairness doctrine" which allows the government to decide what's a display of a fair opinion on the radio and what is not. This law would suppress all types of opinions over the air waves. When the fairness doctrine was enacted the highest number of radio talk shows was 75 voices, back in 1987.  Now there are over 3,000 voices on the air waves and it continues to climb. 

It doesn't matter if your liberal or conservative if the market likes you, you would succeed in radio.  If the fairness doctrine was enacted again today, the market would loose control on whom they want to listen to, and no doubt the number of voices would decline dramatically especially in conservative talk radio where it enjoys a huge listening audience or even in Christian talk radio, basically any viewpoint the liberals don't agree with which would make the likes of CNN, Democrats, and liberal Republicans very happy because they would have power in what a person listens to.

So this news report is trying to do two things, one is to made peaceful groups like Christians look like they are just as bad as terrorists, then downplay the real terrorists by referring them as "martyrs" which is trying to promote a bad image among true Christians.  And second, this report promotes the "fairness doctrine" indirectly.  In their way of thinking if there is too much conservatism on the radio there will too much violence in the world.  But in reality, they just want to control what people listen to in order to sway them to their side of thinking.

 

Christians should pray for the salvation of these liberals like Christiane and it's producers... 

 

 

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