The results are in, and it doesn't look good for our post-Christian society. It turns out that the coverage of the Great Gorilla Catastrophe of 2016 received six times the coverage from media outlets as the beheading of Coptic Christians did a year ago. That's still not the amount of coverage that Donald Trump or the Ferguson riots received, but it's good to know where the media's priorities are.
Have I mentioned that I believe anyone who gets their understanding of the world from the news media is, well, not intelligent? In fact, I no longer say we have a news media. We have a propaganda ministry, and its job is to mold opinion, advance agendas, suppress truth and even launch the occasional assault on someone's reputation or livelihood if they get in the way.
If nothing else, that's why I reacted the way I did to the whole Simcha Fisher kerfuffle last week. As Catholics, we shouldn't - once again - get swept up in the latest trends and fads, especially when we can easily see the wrong, if not evil, in them. The growing 'mob mentality', as commenter fedhill called it, that we see developing in our nation is bothersome at best. The idea that a growing number of Americans think this country and its freedoms aren't big enough for me and those I don't consider awesome is simply putting a down payment on dumb, and the likely eradication of freedom and liberty for future generations.
The only thing worse than that is when Catholics, who see the glaring problems in these trends, then turn around and indulge in them just the same. Once in a while it would be nice for us Catholics not to become the subject of future Catholic apologies.