Piers Morgan raised an insightful question on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight. Why did the American mainstream media largely ignore the Christian massacre in Egypt?
Here’s the important section of Morgan and Tucker’s discussion:
CARLSON: “You sent out a tweet right after this [bombing in Egypt] saying: ‘This will not get the attention of massacres is Europe, but it should.’ Why won’t it, do you think?”
MORGAN: “I think, unfortunately, if it happens in the Middle East, this kind of atrocity, it just does not seem to attract the kind of media attention in America that it would if it happened, as we’ve seen with the attacks in Sweden, the last few days, in London two weeks ago. I was there for that – huge attention in the American Media. In Paris, in Nice, these get huge attention. And yet what happened in Egypt was unbelievably significant.
“If you look at what ISIS really stands for, what they are carrying out now in the Middle East – and in Egypt in particular – is a kind of genocidal attack on Christians and Christianity. They want Christianity eradicated. They want to convert all Muslims to their crusade, they want it to be a holy war; they want Christians gone.
“And I don’t think that narrative is getting the attention it should get in the American media…”
CARLSON: “What’s so strange is the West is primarily Christian, predominantly – I mean, that’s what makes it the West. And yet there’s this sense that it’s somehow wrong to root for the home team. When something happens to Christians abroad, it’s somehow, I don’t know, impolite to mention it because it’s self-interested. Have you noticed this?”
MORGAN: “Right. ISIS couldn’t be more transparent. After the attack in St. Petersburg last week, they made it absolutely clear that this is a war against the Cross. They said that. That was what the statement said. They are at war – in their heads – with Christianity. Not just with Christianity – they’re at war with all other religions as well. But they have been singling out, in increasingly virulent terms, that their real war now is against Christians and the Cross…
“I think this is a huge story. This is the kind of story that ought to be dominating cable news in America; it should be dominating headlines around the world. The press in America should be full of headlines about this. This narrative, to me, is very straightforward. ISIS have declared war on Christianity. I’m not seeing that being covered enough.”
Why ignore this continuous assault on Christians?
This is partly explained by how regularly they occur as to almost become routine.
However, there is a larger point: reporting on the Christian genocide undermines the appearance of compassion that progressives want to portray.
Progressives consistently say that the motivations for terrorist attacks are elusive, because their story is that they care for so-called ‘oppressed’ minorities, but conservatives and Christians do not. Their claim is that conservatives incite hatred against moderate Muslims when conservatives say that some commands of the Islamic texts motivate terrorist attacks by jihadists.
Following an Islamic terrorist attack, the following narrative is trotted out to prop up the progressive agenda:
- Mainstream media newsrooms sidestep or give scant attention to the identity and motivation of the attacker.
- Conservative organisations identify the background and religious motivations of the jihadist attacker.
- Progressive media commentators deliver the same line over and over: “not all Muslims are terrorists” (without mentioning who on Earth believes anything to the contrary). They then assert that conservative media’s deep-dive journalism will create an irrational fear of Islam (so-called “Islamophobia”) and stir up attacks on the Muslim population. Progressives buy into the irrational ideology that a reasonable reaction to subjectively “offensive” messages is physical violence, and falsely believe this reaction is never caused by the internal ideology of the “offended”.
- The narrative is bolstered with some classic (perhaps dated) stories about someone attacking a moderate Muslim. These are sprinkled onto the news and social media feeds to “generate” compassion.
- Less-bold conservatives stop commenting on the story, not wanting to look “bad”. Some give in to the progressive narrative.
- Progressives, especially politicians, are lionised by the progressive media for protecting the Muslim minority from the “uncompassionate” Christian-motivated majority.
- Repeat ad nauseum.
To the “progressive” political mind, the feeling of having done the “compassionate” thing, letting someone do as they wish, is more important than facts – like who suffers as a consequence.
Progressive politics is not about giving a material benefit to society, but about granting “oppressed” ideologies and people groups “equal rights” to that of the “majority” group. This means granting the “oppressed” all the rewards that accompany long-recognised beneficial behaviours without the need to act responsibly. History has shown that societies that destigmatise, subsidise and reward self-destructive behaviour ultimately implode.
It is foolish to ignore the dictum of Aristotle that treating “unequal things equally” is an injustice. Different choices have different rewards or consequences. The progressive value of “equality of outcome” (rather than equality of opportunity) is impossible without ending freedom of choice or freedom of expression.
Pretending to care or appearing to be compassionate is an incredibly powerful marketing tool. But it should fool only those who do not take the time to examine the fruits of different choices or ideologies.
How do progressives fight against the truth about harmful ideologies? By suppression of the truth or ‘looking the other way’. Of course, suppression means intimidation and name-calling of those who do not agree with their ideology and mistaken praise of ‘equality of outcome’.
The fiction-for-truth game has become so serious that top search engine Google and top social network Facebook are publicly flagging unfavourable “fake news” with the help of progressive-leaning “fact-checkers” like Snopes, Politifact, and AP (check out their new gender-neutral style guide).
The Bible warns of this exact trend. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”(Romans 1:18). Jesus said, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).
An agnostic friend of mine recently reminded me about this PragerU video. He agrees with it: