Letter: The media focused on the wrong story by Mike Kuehl
I’ve read recent letters concerning Catholics and their stand on anti-birth control both pro and con. As I was reading the Viewpoint in the Star Journal this morning, July 15, I was watching PBS’ program, “Religion and Ethics Weekly” when this exact subject was being discussed. Did you know that only 14 percent of the Catholic church body agrees with their leaders, and 86 percent support birth control? That says volumes more than all the verbiage expended here on the subject.
One contributor went vehemently on record favoring birth control. It took two letters, but he finally came to the point and this last time around went on to state: “We all must be willing to practice civil disobedience” while condemning the Catholic church for doing the same by suing the government because of their views on the same subject! Sounds like Civil Disobedience to me, so don’t be a hypocrite! We still have no clue what this particular person thinks about any god, but his harsh words against Christianity speaks volumes including the quote “…churches are not ‘The House of God.’ ”
Is the media to blame for the headlines? Yes, and also those within any Church who think the Word of God does not apply to them regardless of sect. Can you say, “Self-Righteous?”
You know, every one of those sects represents just a little variation of the primary belief that Jesus is their Savior and that is the absolute bottom line! In the Bible those “facets” of Christ are the same as his many faces. In that case, anyone who breaks the trust the congregation and God enters into with those priests/preachers should be ashamed of calling themselves Christians.
The letter from K.M. White (Viewpoint, July 15) is right on! The public is easily driven into some political frenzy or another at the drop of a hat or bulletin on TV, and since the squeaky wheel gets the grease, the loudest mouth wins and gets the press. The more outrageous the better. Worst part is, 90 percent of the people reading this have no clue what we are debating, or they would also respond. Then again, maybe they will. Paying attention seems to be a lost art though.
I spent over 40 years in the media including news reporting. It’s a fact. The less sensational story, like the 86 percent of Catholics who don’t object to birth control, doesn’t matter. Only suing the U.S. Government does. That’s the headline.
By the way, I’m neither a Republican nor a Democrat. They are both about as useful as yesterday’s spit.
Mike Kuehl, Rhinelander