Monday, April 02, 2018

But they said so on NPR!

Our minister based his Easter sermon on an item he heard on National Public Radio, which, he said, "we all listen to."

Well, I don't, even though my taxes provide 15 percent of its budget. So who does listen? In a piece favorable to government radio, Paul Waldman writes:
There's a reason why NPR shows are appealing to liberals. They may not have aggressively ideological content, but they do reflect a liberal sensibility. They're careful, reasoned, polite, cosmopolitan, serious with the occasional touch of whimsy—in short, everything liberals either are or imagine themselves to be. And everyone at NPR seems so nice—how could you not trust them? So liberals do, and most of them listen.
Nirvana for these people would be turning on NPR and spreading the Sunday New York Times on the floor of their West Side condo and settling in with some chai. Some people do make a ritual of the Sunday Times. Others go to church.

Here's what NPR proclaimed about Easter.
Feeling the need to Eastersplain to their postmodern, "no objective truth" fans, someone wrote an article for the NPR website that described Easter as "the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven."
Those who don't get it can jolly well look it up.

Among those who listen to NPR, I feel certain, is Chucklehead Todd, who makes more money at NBC in a year than you'll see in a lifetime. Here's his take on Easter:
“I don’t mean disrespect to the religious aspect of the day, but I love the idea of reminding folks that any day can become “good,” all it takes is a little selflessness on our own part,” he wrote. “Works EVERY time.”
There you go, Chucklehead. Not to be outdone, CNN -- This is CNN -- turns the Easter story into political commentary. In this twisted version, Mary Magdalene becomes a feminist.
The men refused to listen to her story. She was publicly smeared as a whore. And when she emerged as a celebrated advocate, powerful men tried to silence her because she threatened their status.

Nevertheless she persisted. (dear Heaven, are we really going to compare any of the female companions of Jesus Christ to Elizabeth Warren?)
... what happened to Mary Magdalene shows that Easter can also be seen as something else — a #MeToo moment, some pastors and biblical scholars say.
Our pastor didn't go that far, although I suspect that did occur in some pulpits. After all, the Pope has declared that there is no hell, so we're all free to say whatever comes to mind.

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