8 Mainstream Media Attacks on Conservative Christianity in 2017
Conservative Christians dodged a bullet when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election in 2016, but the mainstream media kept up constant attacks against them. Sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant, many media outlets presented a smug anti-Christian face, playing into prejudices that conservative Christians are hateful or stupid.
Media outlets should report on negative stories about conservative Christians, just as they should for any religious group. This is not a plea for special treatment, but a list of (sometimes unintentional) attacks that eeeeproved particularly egregious in the past year.
Without further ado, here are ten times the mainstream media attacked conservative Christians or twisted stories against them in 2017.
1. "Jesus is a fiction" — on Christmas.
The Washington Post engaged in a particularly petty act on Christmas Day 2017. While Christians around the world were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ — which likely did not take place on December 25, but is celebrated then anyway — the Post shared an old op-ed on social media suggesting Jesus was a fictional character.
The article is flat-out false: historians outside the Bible mentioned Jesus, and it is absurd to suggest that the Man did not exist when historical accounts of His life date back to less than 40 years after His death. Furthermore, the gospels are reliable historical accounts. Even if they were dismissed, there is evidence in Jewish and Roman sources that Jesus existed.
By presenting a debunked article attempting to undercut the very center of Christianity on Christmas Day, The Washington Post suggested not only that Christians are stupid to believe a fictional story, but that their holiday is pointless.
2. ABC & NBC called Alliance Defending Freedom a "hate group."
In July, ABC News and NBC News published articles about Attorney General Jeff Sessions meeting with a "hate group," Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). ADF is a prominent Christian legal organization that defends religious liberty, among other things. The group has won seven cases at the U.S. Supreme Court in the last seven years, and is currently defending Colorado baker Jack Phillips before the Supreme Court.
Even so, ADF has been branded an "anti-LGBT hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization currently facing three lawsuits for branding mainstream organizations "hate groups." The SPLC actually cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church in branding one group an "anti-LGBT hate group," and continued to present new reasons to list Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz ase an "anti-Muslim extremist." For a time, the website justified this label on the grounds that Nawaz visited a strip club at his bachelor party.