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ABC's empty assault on Jesus ^ | Wednesday, November 5, 2003 | by Brent Bozell

Posted on 11/04/2003 10:03:49 PM PST by JohnHuang2

As CBS prepared to throw in the towel on its "meticulously researched" fictional hit piece on the Reagans, another network found the imaginative capacity for a much more offensive production. On Nov. 3, ABC "News" -- one has to use quote marks here -- devoted an hour-long special to a bizarre conspiracy theory based in a best-selling novel. Yes, a novel, and the novelist asserts that Jesus Christ, known to many millions of Americans as the Son of God, was really just a misunderstood married fellow with a child.

The novel is "The Da Vinci Code," and the author, Dan Brown, was ABC's king for a day. His storyline has Jesus married to Mary Magdalene, who had a child and left after the Crucifixion to protect his bloodline. A secret society forms to protect this uncomfortable genetic truth from an oppressive, lying Catholic Church, a society that supposedly included Leonardo Da Vinci.

The program's host, ABC reporter Elizabeth Vargas, claimed she would reveal "surprising truths" about this bizarre thesis. But over and over, it was apparent ABC had not uncovered a thing. They used the strange journalistic method of interviewing a pile of experts in a field -- such as art history -- then admitting that "we could only find one art historian" who believed that the figure of the apostle John in Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper is really a woman. Then they let the expert with whom everyone else disagreed expound on his oddball theories for five minutes.

Wouldn't you think that in the hard-bitten, skeptical environs of the television news business -- where the mottoes boast about "if your mother says she loves you, check it out" -- this entire concept would be laughed right out the window before it started? A "news" special based on a novel? A news special making "extraordinary claims" about Jesus being a husband and a father, which at the end of 60 minutes, admits it has really not located any empirical evidence to support itself? There's not enough evidence in this special for a two-minute E! channel news story, let alone a 60-minute ABC broadcast.

In short, this story is a journalistic atrocity, a complete abandonment of professionalism. It should be more embarrassing for ABC than the network's trumped-up Food Lion fakery. Geraldo found more in Al Capone's vault than the goods ABC tried to pin on the Catholic Church. They have lost complete control of their journalistic senses and now babble with an irreligious incontinence. It was so bad that the New York Times (!) trashed it as "woolly and underthought." ABC's liberal political and cultural agenda clearly was more important than its reputation.

Doesn't it seem amazing that ABC is more nervous about investigating potentially nasty stories about Bill Clinton than they are about potentially nasty stories about Jesus Christ? ABC would not accept Bill Clinton was an adulterer until all the DNA testing was complete. ABC absolutely refused to make any attempt to broadcast the extraordinary claims of Juanita Broaddrick that President Clinton had raped her before he ascended to the White House. But the Jesus-bashers get an hour in prime time to bash the Son of God. Talk about confusing the sacred and the profane!

As with ABC's "Search for Jesus" a few years ago, the network seems determined to sell wild stories and conjectures about Jesus Christ. In promoting the show, Elizabeth Vargas emptily proclaimed, "For me, it's made religion more real and, ironically, much more interesting -- which is what we're hoping to do for our viewers." ABC "News" isn't interested in truth here; it's merely interested in being "interesting."

Just as it's unthinkable that the networks would prepare a fictional TV movie making up demonizing lies about Democratic presidents, as CBS did with "The Reagans," so is it unthinkable that the networks would prepare a 60-minute special trashing one of America's religious minorities. You'll find no deconstructing Buddha, or shredding the Bhagavad Gita, and certainly no maligning the Muslims.

In fact, on "Nightline" in February, this is how ABC's Ted Koppel glowingly promoted the holiness of Islam: "It is an awesome, beautiful and harmonizing annual gathering. A spiritual obligation that every able-bodied Muslim is required to perform at least once in his or her lifetime. A journey, according to Islamic teaching, that cleanses the soul and wipes away sins. It is the Hajj, the pilgrimage that has once again brought some two million Muslims from around the world to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia."

To ABC, Islam is holy. But Christianity is easily pierced as a fraud, an oppressive faith, a creed so repulsive that a "news" division doesn't require any evidence before it rubs salt in the wounds of our Savior.

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
Wednesday, November 5, 2003

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1 posted on 11/04/2003 10:03:50 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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ABC = Allah Before Christians

2 posted on 11/04/2003 10:11:04 PM PST by jdogbearhunter
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To: JohnHuang2
The Passion [Mel Gibson] is criticised but the media allows this.
3 posted on 11/04/2003 10:36:30 PM PST by birg
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To: birg
The DaVinci Code was pathetic. So bad I din't know whether to laugh or cry. I loved the bible authority (I think she was head of the Harvard Divinity School who believed Jesus was married to Mary Magdeline and father of a child. She's a certifiable lunatic. I'm starting to think (judging by the increasing number of idiots they've foisted on society) that Harvard is a nut house, not a great university. Fortunately, this show was such a snorer, it put me to sleep about half way through. Hoepfully it had that affect on everyone.
4 posted on 11/04/2003 10:45:54 PM PST by holyscroller
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To: JohnHuang2
This is a teaching rife in the New Age movement and has been for years. They'll do anything to discredit the divinity of Jesus Christ.
5 posted on 11/04/2003 10:58:37 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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The "report" reminded me of Geraldo Rivera standing in front of Capone's vault, looking pretty silly when it was opened, finding it empty.

At least Geraldo can claim "live report" for looking so stupid.
6 posted on 11/04/2003 11:08:12 PM PST by Francis McClobber
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To: JohnHuang2
Watched about ten minutes of it out of curiousity. The "experts" were obscure bozos who spouted off a lot of big words. The whole tone of the thing was that the "CHURCH" (cue in sinister, Snidley Whiplash-like music) "suppressed vital documents that didn't make it into the Bible." Rubbish. The early church fathers (and mothers, too, I'd imagine) looked over all the documents before finalizing them into canon. The ones that made it best reflected and taught the Jesus they knew. The ones that didn't were rife with inaccuracies, tall tales, and wild turns of fiction. The Didache and the Shepherd of Hermes, two that didn't make it but almost did, are wonderful glimpses into the mind of the early church. The Gospel of Thomas, however, is a bad kiddie book.

But I digress. I'd like to see some of these "experts," or even a reporter, go toe-to-toe with RC Sproul, or James Kennedy, or some other heavyweight who knows his stuff. THAT would make for "interesting" television!

7 posted on 11/04/2003 11:39:01 PM PST by Othniel (It's Clobberin' Time!!!)
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To: JohnHuang2; BibChr; Caleb1411; The Big Econ
8 posted on 11/25/2003 5:31:02 PM PST by rhema
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To: Othniel; rhema
Sproul, Geisler, Koukl... yes, that would be fun.

After I became a Christian in '73 and was living in Glendale, CA, I began to notice the LA Times' holiday tradition. Every Easter and Christmas, the religion editor John Dart would turn over rocks in the academic community (loosely so-called) and find, in the moldy, moist, festering soil there, some slug with a doctorate who believed that Jesus was really a woman, the Crucifixion a mere fainting spell, and the Resurrection done with smoke and piano wires.

So heart-warming.

9 posted on 11/26/2003 6:51:18 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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