Monday, March 12, 2012

Media bias has always existed, but it seems that the filtering or selection of coverage today is more widespread and more obvious than at any other time. We do not hear of events such as the following story: yesterday, in the central Nigerian city of Jos, at least 10 people were killed after a Catholic church was targeted by suicide car bombers while Mass was being celebrated in the church. This type of religious hatred is ongoing in many parts of the world, where Christians are being driven out of their homes and killed while at prayer. The rampant persecution of Christians is not deserving of media play, though it should be deserving of our attention as fellow Believers. Martyrs don't come from the First Century only, but from today when we are bold enough in our faith to stand up for Jesus and the Gospel despite the probability of misunderstanding, argument, and persecution. In the US, that's all we need fear, but around the world, being known as a Believer in Jesus can mean death.
Msgr. William J. King

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