Monday, February 28, 2011

Coptic Monasteries under attack in Egypt

You wouldn't know it if your world view is shaped by the MSM.  Terry Mattingly over at Get Religion asks if anyone has seen mainstream coverage of this.  I sure haven't.  But then, it is early Monday morning.  It's not like this is the Oscars or something.  It's Christian monastic communities being attacked by Egyptian soldiers.  Best part of Mattingly's article:
"As always, however, it’s crucial to remember that there is no one Islam in this scene"
Fact is, there is never no one of anything in any scene, despite all attempts to suggest otherwise.  Since 9/11, we have tried, tried, and tried again to frame Islam into two groups: poor, starving terrorists who hate us because we made them do it, and the rest of Islam that is about tolerance, love, peace, and John Lennon songs. 

It is a shame that it takes stories like this to challenge that.  The good news is that the MSM, never quick to allow an inconvenient fact get in the way of a good narrative, will probably not make to much of this or similar stories. 

Fun note.  Read the comment by reader Jerry.  His beef?  Mattingly chose to focus on this story, instead of the stories about Muslims lending a helping hand to their Christian neighbors.  Tmatt's response makes it simple: We hear nothing other than how wonderful, tolerant, and welcoming Muslims are to their Christian neighbors.  It's those cases where Muslims are kicking down doors, blowing up churches, and shooting nuns that don't get the press time.  Now, if this were a Christian minister threatening to burn a Koran, then you can be the coverage would increase a hundredfold. 

1 comment:

  1. Ah yes it just never fails to amaze me the incompetence of the main stream. The fact that they cover things incorrectly or that they cover them at all.
    Sometimes you wonder how much in this world we really do miss if we are not dilegent ourselves to go out and find out for ourselves.


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