“Liberal Dedication in the Face of Hatred” was the lead teaser on the front page of the print edition of the Washington Post's Metro section on August 2. Inside, staff writer Jacqueline Salmon reported on Unitarian Universalist vigils held in the wake of the July 27 shooting in a Unitarian church in
Salmon noted the
Salmon moved on to report about a gathering on July 28 at a Unitarian Congregation of Fairfax in
Salmon did not bother to quote a talk radio host or Christian conservative in response to the minister's broad-brushed charge. Nor did Salmon bother to acknowledge that the shooter at the Unitarian church, Jim Adkisson, had also rejected conservative Christianity. One of Adkisson's neighbors told The New York Times: “[Adkisson] said if you read the whole Bible, everything in it contradicts itself.” Salmon didn't even bother to challenge the dubious proposition that “right-wing talk radio” is “isolating” liberals, when most major media are dominated by liberals, as documented in the new Culture and Media Institute Special Report, Unmasking the Myths Behind the Fairness Doctrine,
Meanwhile, on the same page as Salmon's piece, the Post ran an excerpt of a Post/Newsweek Internet column “On Faith” by the column's editor, David Waters. Entitled “Now Liberals Are the Enemy,” the column relates how Chris Buice, the minister of the targeted Unitarian congregation, had written an op-ed for the Knoxville News Sentinel in which he “compared past intolerance of interracial couples to today's intolerance of gay couples.” Waters said that Buice cited a character from the movie Hairspray “who warns a newly formed interracial couple, 'You two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a never-ending parade of stupid.'”
Thus, resistance to homosexual “marriage” is the equivalent of racial bigotry. And “stupid” to boot. Waters then relates that “Sunday morning, a whole lot of ugly entered the church's sanctuary in the form of a man who was angry about 'the liberal movement' and its tolerance for gay couples, among other things.”
Waters' excerpt finishes with: “So now we can add liberals to the list of enemy combatants in
Conservative Christians have been the targets of murderous shooters more often than liberals, but the media have not shown the same zeal in identifying possible ideological motives for the murders.
A gunman killed four people on December 9, 2007 at New Life Christian Church in
A gunman yelling anti-Christian epithets massacred seven people at a youth gathering in
Given the Post's one-sided depiction on August 2, could the paper be contributing to a climate of hate against conservative radio talkers and conservative Christians?
Robert Knight is Director of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the