The media is a powerful influence in our culture today. Media bias against Christians does exist, especially in our colleges, news rooms, and movie studios. There are so many recent examples of this bias, that it is hard to know which to choose from.
In the class rooms of our universities today, philosophers teach that God is dead, distant, or never existed. This began in the twenties and really caught on during the sixties. Now Islamic leaders buy chairs, pay our universities money so that one of their “teachers” can teach a class in political science, philosophy, or religion. What they teach is anti-American rhetoric. Could this be why college students are not so trusting of their government?
Now let’s look at the Presidential Elections of '08. Here Mike Huckabee is a viable candidate for the highest office in the land, and he can’t get equal coverage. NBC most often doesn’t even mention his name, and when they do, it is briefly and usually negatively. I saw ABC’s George Stephanopoulos treat Gov. Huckabee shameful during an interview. The host asked the Governor his strategy for getting the nomination. Huckabee said the strategy was to let Romney and McCain duck it out and then he would come into the fray untouched. Stephanopoulos started screaming “How do you think you can win” over and over again. The media certainly does not treat any of the other current candidates this way– or any of the other candidates I know of in recent history. No other guest was ever so berated on any other show that I have ever seen. Most disturbing was reason: Huckabee is a Christian.
It is not enough that the media rewrites our history and gives the general public a distorted view of Christians as hateful and ignorant, this huge industry also makes movies that directly attack our faith. The most recent example is the golden compass. As troubling as the Harry Potter series was in that it taught witchcraft, The Golden Compass takes its bias even further. It clearly that Yahweh is dead. The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman’s his Dark Materials Trilogy. Each book takes this anti-Christian message further. The movie based on this book is said to have toned down this bias, but I doubt this will continue and that it was toned down very much. It might look like the Chronicles of Narnia, but its message is the opposite.
What can we do? One fight all false perceptions about our faith. Two be media savvy; think about the messages in the shows you watch and be careful about what you watch. Three teach your children to be media savvy too.