Heaven help Jesus if he was to try to get heard on mainstream media today. Watchdog group Media Matters for America has conducted a study, “Left Behind: The Skewed Representation of Religion in the Major News Media,” that has found that conservative religious leaders have been three to four times more likely to have been “quoted, mentioned, or interviewed” than spiritual progressives like Jesus.
God have mercy if Jesus tried to say on live television that you cannot serve God or Mammon. You safely can say greed is good like John Stossel but you had not better say that the measure of a man’s life is more than his net worth. Mercy on the messenger who says you should not covet.
Listening to Mammon’s Syndicated Media (otherwise known as Main Stream Media) you would get the strong impression that the only issues religious voters have are abortion and gay marriage. Yet a 2006 Zogby International exit poll found that twice as many American voters said that greed and economic justice make “the most urgent moral crisis in American culture.”
But from reading the newspapers and watching television, you would get the impression that all Christians are fundamentalist fanatics hellbent on establishing a theocracy. Of course Mammon’s media has been all too willing to give the religious right plenty of air time to reinforce such negative impressions.
Nor has the left objected very vigorously because some time back it back seriously unhip to be religious. It was a dead give away for being naive and unsophisticated. Indeed, many have come to view religion as evil. Bill Maher calls religion a form of mental illness. No wonder so many commoners consider liberals out of touch and living in a world of ideals and shoulds.
As to the “values” Americans really care about, the Zogby poll found the number one “moral issue” was the Iraq war. Put together the concerns about greed and the Iraq war and you have the classical complaints of progressives from the prophets to the present: you cannot serve God and the greater good, and Mammon. Right now what must be shouted from the rooftops and proclaimed in the daylight is how Mammon’s unholy trinity of Big Business - in this case Media - , Big Religion and Big Government have once again conspired to manipulate people’s good intentions in order to start another senseless war for profit and power.
What you can do right now is contact the major news networks and let them know that it’s time for balance in religious voices being heard.