7 Quick Takes Friday (set #43)

This week: God in the streets of New York City. What the mainstream press is talking about when they say “sectarian violence.” The magical stethoscope. Covering the Pope: a guide for journalists. Tracking the anti-Catholic bias of the mainstream media. The Susan B. Anthony list recognizes a true, enduring friendship.

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God in the Streets of New York City is another wonderful production of Grassroots Films:

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In the mainstream press you will sometimes hear of “sectarian violence”, if anything at all. These are usually code words for Christian persecution. It is widespread and and growing. If you are interested in who is being persecuted and who is doing the persecution, read Raymond Ibrahim’s piece for Catholic Lane.

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Magic stethoscope exposes what is really inside:

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The Catholic Herald has published How to distort papal media coverage. It is a tongue-in-cheek guide for covering anything related to the Catholic Church and distorting it to make the Church look as bad as possible. It would be hilarious if it were not so very, very true.

Spotted by Father Z

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I often lament the sorry state of “journalism” in the mainstream media (MSM). The anti-Catholicism bias is unrelenting, not only in articles related to Christianity or the Church, but in so many unrelated pieces where the “journalist” feels compelled to throw-in an anti-Catholic dig.

There is a website for that. Dave Pierre’s TheMediaReport.com does a great job exposing this blatant bias (as if they cared). Typical is the New York Times (Father Zuhlsdorf calls them “hell’s bible”) coverage of Pope Benedict‘s historic visit to Germany.

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We all value a true friend. Someone we can always count on. Someone who can count on our loyalty, no matter what. The Susan B. Anthony List recognizes one such enduring friendship:

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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Elizabeth Esther kindly hosts a feature she calls The Saturday Evening Blog Post. Published monthly every first Saturday, it features the best post in the preceding month on each of a few dozen Christian blogs. The “best” entries are chosen by the authors themselves (so they should know!).

It is a great way to discover new blogs. Be sure to check-it out. My entry this time was There are no clocks in heaven.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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