A Good Friday op-ed by Shalom Auslander published in the New York Times advocates turning away from “this hateful God” due to missiles and mass graves being daily occurrences in Ukraine.
Auslander, heading into a sacred celebration for tens of millions of Americans, went on to assert that if he were mortal, God “would be dragged to The Hague.” He decries the fact that we “praise” and “emulate” him and try to raise children to be like him.
Will the “newspaper of record” publish a similar hit piece at the start of Ramadan? Don’t hold your breath.
This is the New York Times which in 2019 ran the headline “Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March.” This, of course, was in reference to an innocent group of students from a Catholic high school in Kentucky being accosted by D.C. protestors for, among other things, having the gall to wear baseball caps supporting the U.S. president.
Multiple media outlets settled with a cap-wearing student after being sued for defamation.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Times ran an article by Katherine Stewart titled “The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response.” Not much ambiguity there, and Stewart rails against “Christian nationalism” and “religiously conservative Republicans” as impediments for conquering the pandemic.
Her examples? Three megachurch pastors hardly in the Christian mainstream. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of congregations switched to virtual services and kept their doors closed for months on end.
This is the same New York Times whose reporter, Dan Levine, in 2019 trolled for dirt on Christian schools and homeschooling with the hashtag #exposechristianschools. He defended his call for “experiences” with religious schooling by saying he also wanted to hear “positive” stories.
Freedom of the press guarantees that the government will not block media outlets such as the New York Times from publishing offensive rubbish such as the Auslander op-ed. Having the right to do something hardly makes it a responsible act, and a journalist outfit with such a high regard for itself should know better.