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Why Does The Age Hate Christianity?

Dec 20, 2010

Leave it to the secular militants at the Melbourne Age to feature not one but two opinion pieces at Christmas time by atheists telling us we don’t need Jesus to enjoy Christmas! Imagine that. One piece is just not enough, so they had to run two pieces to really grind their heels into the faces of all those lousy Christians out there.

The very short answer to the question in my title is that the Age, like almost all mainstream media publications, is staffed overwhelmingly by secularists, leftists, and those committed to the PC agenda. It comes as no surprise therefore to find papers like the Age routinely and monotonously attacking the Christian faith, especially at its most sacred times of the year.

We find the same ugly anti-Christian bigotry featured in the Age, the ABC and other MSM outlets at Easter as well. Of course these gutless wonders would never dare attack other religions during their most holy days. Imagine the Age featuring not one, but two ugly attacks on Islam during Ramadan.

Or imagine an MSM newspaper regularly attacking Aboriginal dreamtime spirituality, or various New Age beliefs and practices. Oh no, in all those other areas, we are meant to show tolerance, respect, and acceptance. There is only one religion which the MSM feels free to pour scorn and contempt on: biblical Christianity.

Of course this should ultimately come as no surprise, since there is a very real devil who loves all religion, but hates Christianity. That is because all religion is simply mankind’s attempt to find God and please God. Only Christianity tells us about God’s attempt to find us and rescue us from our sinful degradation and imprisonment.

So Satan will go after Christianity any day of the week, and will quite happily use those militant secularists who think they are so clever in rubbishing Christianity on a regular basis. These journalists, academics, and cultural elites are Satan’s useful idiots who happily accomplish his diabolical purposes in trashing the Christian faith.

And idiots they are. Imagine if someone wrote an article (readily published by the Age) arguing that we can all enjoy the Passover, but not believe a scrap about Moses or Israel. Or imagine a second article on the same day, telling us Ramadan is a public holiday which everyone can share, and we don’t even need to believe in Muhammad or Islam to enjoy the festivities.

The PC crowd at the Age would not be so idiotic or intolerant to dare publish such rubbish. But they will time and time again attack Christianity in the very same manner. They are cowards. They are hypocrites. And they are bigoted Christophobes.

But hey, the week is young. I am sure we will see plenty more such rabid attacks on the faith before the week is out. And expect some of the nastiest and ugliest attacks to be printed on Christmas Day.

www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/you-dont-need-jesus-to-enjoy-christmas-20101219-191ud.html
www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/godless-gross/who-owns-christmas/20101217-190ey.html

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36 Responses to Why Does The Age Hate Christianity?

  • Let me be the first to comment here.

    If, like me, you are getting sick and tired of this anti-Christian jihad by the Age, why not send in a letter and raise your concerns about this. Use this email address: letters@theage.com.au

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • To misquote the Psalmist:
    “Why do the newspapers rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the media set themselves, and the editors take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.'”

    And there you have it – it is of course to do away with the constraints of Christianity, to be free to indulge in whatever sin they like. But the “freedom” they offer is in fact slavery to sin: bondage which leads to death – physical and spiritual.

    David Keen

  • Bill,

    This is the reason I don’t buy or read their newspapers. Some conservative commentators in America have the opinion that the reason why many of the newspapers over there are in decline is because of their antichristian antifamily articles, so people are not buying them anymore. I can’t even bring myself to read the papers online.

    Carl Strehlow

  • Thanks David

    Hey, great quote – or misquote! It nicely sums up what is going on here.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks Carl

    Yes I am with you. Unfortunately, as part of my spiritual assignment, I must keep abreast of what is happening in the MSM. It is part of my role of being a watchman on the wall. It is an unpleasant task, but it needs to be done.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • The author is a philosopher at the University of Melbourne (that wretched hive of scum, villany and God-hating). What else would you expect?
    Jereth Kok

  • Four CEO’s in five years. Looking like they’ll go the way of the NYT. Their leftist drivel doesn’t work in the world and without the artificial drip of taxpayer money these organisations don’t last. But being rabid they’ll take down as many as they can with them.

    I don’t consider them even worth a click of my mouse and this piece from Bill shows why.

    Martin Snigg

  • NO CHRISTmas without CHRIST …..
    Jeffrie Trika

  • Hi Bill
    That’s one of the very best articles I’ve read in defence of Jesus Christ. It pleased me no end.
    Frank Bellet, Petrie Qld

  • Many thanks Frank.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • I once asked an atheist why the Jews, being such a small nation surrounded by 100’s of millions of Arabs was hated so much and why on earth would Hitler kill 6 million Jews – if he was a true racist, as the majority of Jews are European, wouldn’t he be killing the Africans, Arabs, Asians? To the atheists credit, he said he had often wondered why the Jews would be thus so badly persecuted – but had no reason why. I said to him that it is a very strong PROOF of God’s existence – their is no rational reason for anti-semitic & anti-christian positions, for every finger pointed at Jews & Christians can be pointed at Muslims, Hindi’s & Buddhists……..he saw my point; they,the lost & darkness lovers, hate us, because they hated Him first! We can rejoice when we are reviled and persecuted and look forward to many rewards in heaven! It is not easy or pleasant though.
    Neil Innes, NT

  • Bill, here is a copy of what I wrote to the Age:
    “Discrimination by your journalists against Christ and Christianity appears to be saturated ignorance and non objectivity. I challenge you and your journalists to write critiques of Islam.

    Where is your quality investigative journalism into the ethics of Sharia Law and its impacts on our culture? Where are your investigative journalists in examining the claims and teaching of Muhammad?

    Will you accept the challenge of opening up an objective debate as to the discriminatory character and structure of the Qur’an?

    The probability of your journalists and or your paper accepting the above challenge is expected to be very low.”

    Ray Robinson

  • Good one Ray. Well done.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • I’m shocked. What a lot of fluff and nonsense. Christians may ‘insert’ Christ if they want. Oh how generous.

    Regardless of how everyone else chooses to celebrate Christmas me and my family choose to celebrate the coming of our Saviour. It will never mean anything more or anything less in our house.

    Kylie Anderson

  • Hi bill,
    You were hot under the collar when you wrote this, and yes indeed we should all be jumping on the editors back with our furious comments to him direct for publishing anti Christian tripe. I loved you choice of words, it must be hard to not let fly with words they use. Keep up the good fight, you have a lot more helpers on your side then they can poke a stick at.
    Bill Heggers, Perth W.A.

  • Indeed, the Age does seem to be going the way of the NY Times, its profits are plummeting

    www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/some-things-such-as-fairfax-mastheads-dont-improve-with-age/story-e6frg9tf-1225966052941

    Seems the inner-city trendies aren’t a big enough market base.

    Also, see Grey Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America;

    “The New York Times was once considered the gold standard in American journalism and the most trusted news organization in America. Today, it is generally understood to be a vehicle for politically correct ideologies, tattered liberal pieties, and a repeated victim of journalistic scandal and institutional embarrassment.”

    grayladydown.net/

    Damien Spillane

  • Oh and maybe VCAT can investigate this “hate speech” by the Age.
    Damien Spillane

  • Yes they are cowards
    We are carefully chosen targets, because we don’t fight back, because vengeance is the lords.
    I wonder about the OT times and GOD would get a army together and just wipe out a city.
    Can someone help me with a little understanding here please.
    Daniel Kempton

  • I wrote to the Age as you suggested and suggested they might like to find their own day instead of mocking others. I indicated that the bullies at school must be offspring of people like them who love to knock down those things they do not understand or feel superior too.
    Ilona Sturla

  • I am writing my letter TODAY!
    Jane Petridge

  • No no no, Bill. The reason they dont attack Islam is not because they want to show to tolerance, respect, and acceptance. Its because they’re scared of them – of being bombed. They know Christians are soft targets. They know these Christians are “do-gooders” and therefore would never bomb them. They know our God teaches us not to kill. They also know we’d turn the other cheek. They know our God is a good, great big God! But what they don’t know is what’s gonna happen to them on judgement day. I feel sorry for them.

    Eddie Sim

  • Yes quite right Eddie

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill,
    You might want to read this article in the Washington Post on strategies used by the gay and lesbian lobby against their detractors: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121702528.html?wpisrc=nl_pmopinions
    By Matthew J. Franck is Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.

    John Galanos

  • Thanks guys

    And the Herald Sun is not above featuring secular columnists writing stupid pieces about Christmas as well: www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/christmas-day-isnt-just-about-religion/story-e6frf7l6-1225974116042

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • You can write to them as well: hsletters@heraldsun.com.au

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks for the tip John.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Christmas is all about love, joy and peace. Being kind to our fellow man, reconciliation etc. What the non-religious fail to see is that without Christ love, joy and peace is just an empty mirage. All the goodness of Christmas stems from God’s love for mankind.

    thingthatmatter2.blogspot.com/2010/12/wishing-you-love-joy-and-peace.html

    Kylie Anderson

  • Yes quite right Kylie

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Interesting to the Age to NYT and the downfall of MSM (MainStream Media). I love this admission from a journalism academic of all people…
    “The Roman Empire that was mass media is breaking up, and we are entering an almost-feudal period where there will be many more centers of power and influence,” says Orville Schell, dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school. “It’s a kind of disaggregation of the molecular structure of the media.”
    Goodbye mass media…
    (P.S. Be nice to see the SMH get it’s just desserts too)
    Tim Lovett

  • CULTURAL COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!
    Steve Davis

  • What irony… a newspaper called The Age that operates in the spirit of the age.
    Sibyl Smith

  • Thanks to all those who wrote in to the Age to complain about their anti-Christian bigotry. Yet so far – no surprise here – not one of these letters has been printed by the Age. So we can add censorship to this paper’s growing list of faults.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Hi Bill,

    Even Andrew Bolt can’t resist mocking Christians and blaspheming at Christmas. Along the way, however, he shows his ignorance of even basic Christian doctrine. Consider these clangers:

    “… Christians, who’ve missed out on the pleasure of sins to which unbelievers could discreetly treat themselves with no sign on this earth of any punishment”
    So, presumably Andrew thinks there’s no earthly punishment for drunkeness, fornication, homosexual acts, adultery etc etc. I wonder what planet he lives on?

    “what could a Christian do, when God monitors even their thoughts with his unsleeping eye, and notes it all for the day of reckoning?”
    Er … no Andrew. Jesus’ sacrifice removes a Christian’s sins as far as the East is from the West. That’s the heart of the gospel. Strange that a journalist can be so ignorant of the basic message of the world’s largest religion!

    blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_the_internet_is_god/

    Mansel Rogerson

  • Thanks Mansel

    Yes Bolt is an unashamed pagan so we would expect such foolishness from him on such topics unfortunately. The good news is on some other issues he talks with a bit more sense. So we have to treat him as we would a fish dinner: enjoy the meat but reject the bones.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • And now for something completely different.

    Mr. Bailieu says we should include the nativity in Christmas.

    www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/christmas-bans-are-off-says-ted-baillieu/story-fn5kmqy2-1225963537330

    Kylie Anderson

  • I’m up very late still writing Christmas Cards!

    Just want to share an interesting experience today – When my husband and I came home from shopping, there was a beautifully-wrapped gift of Danish shortbread in a decorative tin, and a bottle of good quality wine at our front door, with a card.

    The Christmas card was a religious one with a picture of the Nativity scene (rare nowadays) and it said at the top “Peace at Christmas”!

    Upon opening the card and gifts we realised it was sent by our Indian (Hindi/Hindu) grocer! This beautiful man had respected our Christian faith and acknowledged that in Australia we celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas! As part of his faith he does not drink alcohol, yet he respected that we do enjoy a glass of wine!

    Yet our politicians and local government have not even put up Christmas decorations this year, nor played the usual Christmas Carols – obviously going along with this trend that we mustn’t force our beliefs on those immigrants who are not of the Christian faith!

    Well our Indian grocer actually has shown respect for that faith and tradition of giving gifts and Christmas cards with an emphasis on the Birth of Christ being the reason for it all! I am overcome that some of my Christian friends and relatives focus more on Santa and Christmas trees or reindeer etc on their cards…. (not all) I’m wondering where our Indian grocer actually found this religiously- inspired card, as there are not many around!

    Paula Mari Pike

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