Losing Our Religion:The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity polarizes conservatives, liberals, raises claims of irony
Political conservative pundit S.E. Cupp’s newest book, “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity” has further polarized conservative and liberal media, even as its title and subject matter drew claims of irony.
Newsweek, which reviewed Cupp’s book, extensively quoted her and indicated page numbers; said it was melodramatic, patronizing to her readers, and inspired fear mongering.
Cupp’s book polarizes conservatives, liberals, raises claims of irony
Newsweek also denied that they are a mainstream publication, and said they are not attacking Christians or even religious freedom.
Media Matters for America focused on what Cupp wrote about evolution, and said that she does violence to the science of evolution and to the public’s expectations of science journalists and science teachers.
Cupp’s book has also raised a sense of irony that an atheist should write a book that strongly defends Christianity. Cupp however says that political conservatives like herself would benefit if Christians worked harder to protect their turf, as mainstream liberal media shoots two birds with one stone when they attack Christianity.
Cupp said Christianity is a target so that mainstream media can also attack conservatism. “If they can effectively paint Christians as dangerous fanatics, it’s just a skip away from painting conservatives as dangerous fanatics,” she said in an interview with Mediaite.
In that same report she said that her being an atheist gave her the needed objectivity to write the book. “I would hope it gives a little more credibility to the project than having some fundamentalist Christian write about attacks on Christianity,” she said.
Christian Today noted that other studies have also documented Cupp’s viewpoints, including The Media Elite by Lichter, Rothman and Lichter (1986), and Bias by Bernard Goldberg (2001).
Bill Muehlenberg, who authored the Christian Today review wrote, “Western Christians are sleeping through their own execution.They seem oblivious [that] the surrounding culture has declared war on the Christian faith.”
In her book Cupp wrote, according to Newsweek, that:
- Secular media has turned religious worship into a “subculture” and reacted to presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s 2007 Christmas commercial by focusing on a “strategically placed” cross in the background. (She cites The Washington Post and CNN).
- Major media did not cover Obama’s snub of the National Day of Prayer.
- Newsweek’s review of the Christian bestseller “Left Behind” said, “Sociologists tell us that the United States is experiencing a religious revival, but if the bestseller lists are any guide, the revival looks more like a collective leaving of the senses.”
- Reviews of the Christian story “Narnia” were lukewarm despite its being a box office hit. Reviews for The Golden Compass, which attacks Christianity, were positive although the movie did not do well at the tills.
Cupp also noted that the liberal press downplays Obama’s discomfort with religious America and barely wrote about his covering up of religious imagery in the backdrop when he gave a speech at Georgetown University.