News & Commentary from the Crossroads of Faith & Media:’
RADICAL ISLAMIST WEBSITE ISSUES “WARNING” TO CREATORS OF SOUTH PARK
Read Story. The “equal opportunity offenders” strike again — but this time with an apparent risk to their personal safety. They’ve offended Christians and Jews with abandon. They’ve even taken on Scientology. But, as far as I know, they’ve never been threatened with death by any practitioners of those faiths.
Now, I’m all for sensitivity toward faith, including Islam (which I believe is strong enough to survive South Park) , but death threats tip the sympathy scale in the other direction. They actually demean the religion they purport to defend.
TIM TEBOW PAYS PRICE FOR CONTROVERSIAL SUPER BOWL AD
Read Story. The college football great who starred in the gently pro-life controversial spot says he’s lost potential endorsement deals because of it. But, he says he’s willing to pay the price to stand up for what he believes. That’s refreshing in these time. And kudos to EA Sports and Nike for standing by him.
LA CARDINAL USES THE “N” WORD AGAINST SUPPORTERS OF TOUGHER IMMIGRATION LAW
Read Story. That word would be “Nazi” which like the “R” word is often recklessly thrown around to curtail legitimate debate. It’s a regrettable practice that is no more acceptable when it is employed by a cardinal — perhaps less so.
IS AMERICA A CHRISTIAN NATION? SARAH PALIN VS. SECULARISTS
Read Story. My opinion is that we’re a liberal democracy founded on Judeo-Christian principles and a general belief in a higher power. What separated the United States of America from other governments at the time of its founding wasn’t a belief in rights bestowed by secular government but rather “endowed by (our) Creator.”
And, even the supposedly hyper-secular U.S. Constitution include the passage “Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the states present the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth.”
So, while establishing a state religion and/or favoring one religion over another is rightfully prohibited by the Constitution, acknowledging the sovereignty of God — even in our most cherished secular document — is not.