Dallas Morning News spinning expression of faith debate
April 24, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post
What some people don’t seem to get is that those that want to keep God in at least some sort of focus in their daily lives, i.e. prayer in public places, the ability to have elective Bible studies in schools, and so on, does not mean that those people necessarily want more “religion”.
Religion and the freedom to express one’s faith in God are two different things. Religion is the last thing anyone with a personal relationship with Jesus would want to force on anyone. It is the apparent gradual exclusion of even the mere mention of God that is the most troubling.
The bias continues…take a look at the anti-“religion” bias in this Dallas Morning News story. You can especially see it in the headline and the tone of the story. The story’s lead paragraph seems to be particulary underhanded.
By KAREN BROOKS
The Dallas Morning News
AUSTIN, Texas – They say idle hands are the devil’s playthings. But in the Texas Legislature, they’re the instruments of God.
Or at least, that’s what it would seem, as Texas lawmakers with no big overarching task to accomplish – like school finance or redistricting – look to the heavens for inspiration on a veritable congregation of bills touching on religion. After several sessions in which religious issues were less prominent, the Legislature this year is resurrecting some of the conservative Christian grassroots’ favorites: Bible classes and prayer in public schools, marriages that are harder to dissolve, abstinence education and public declarations of faith.
Overall, such legislation could make the expression of faith much more prominent in schools and government.
“Our voices have been drowned out because they were doing other things,” said Cathie Adams, executive director of the socially conservative Texas Eagle Forum.
“In Texas, we are a conservative state and we’re conservative based on Judeo-Christian principles. I’m very excited that some of these legislators have the courage to carry such legislation.”
Groups advocating the separation of church and state see the trend breaking their way, too, though: The legislative process seems to be tempering religious zeal.