MORE ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF FAITH
I've always liked Terry Mattingly's commentaries on religious matters. Click here for his take on the recent report from Media Matters that said the press gives way too much emphasis to conservative religious voices. I wrote about that study recently here on the blog.
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THE WISDOM OF FAREED ZAKARIA
I think Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek magazine (pictured here) is among the best and brightest international commentators around.
In the issue of Newsweek I received last week, he has done it again. Click here to read his cover piece, an analysis of how America can regain its confidence. It's long but well worth the time.
In his writing, Zakaria shows evidence that he pays close attention to the religious realities of the world. In the piece to which I've linked you, he makes a point similar to one I tried to make in my column this past Saturday, which is that traditional Islam is not the enemy. Rather, the people against whom we must defend ourselves are the radical, violent, murderous Islamists. Not drawing a distinction between the two groups is, in my view, silly and, worse, prejudicial and completely unhelpful.
Zakaria puts it this way: "We are repeating one of the central errors of the early cold war -- putting together all our potential adversaries rather than dividing them." Later he writes this about Muslims in America: "If leaders begin insinuating that the entire Muslim population be viewed with suspicion, that will change the community's relationship to the United States." Precisely. And for the worse.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.