Muslim Religious Extremist Violence And Christian Journalism
Journalists around the world are giving a great deal of attention to the killing of people working at a satirical French magazine. The attackers were Muslims angry about the magazine’s publication of blasphemous images of Mohammed, the central prophet of Islam.
This attention is justified, because the killings were a shocking reminder that religion is often not a peaceful influence in society. Often, it moves people to hate and to hurt. The Muslim killers in France were so blinded by their faith in the supremacy of Islam that they couldn’t perceive the obvious truth that publishing a cartoon that offends religious sensibilities is nothing in comparison to murder.
There’s something odd in the singular emphasis of major journalistic networks on this particular case of religious violence, though. You would think that it’s the only case of religiously-inspired violence taking place. It isn’t.
The United Nations published a report today finding that Christian militants in the Central African Republic are engaged in widespread ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the country. In the attack by Muslims in France, 12 people were killed. In the Central African Republic, Christians have killed thousands of Muslims.
Look at the front web pages of the major American news networks. On CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, PBS Newshour, the news about the Charlie Hebdo attack is the center of attention.
At the same time, there is on the no mention at all on the home pages of any of these news networks of the slaughter of thousands of Muslims in the Central Africa Republic.
The predominantly Christian audiences of these news networks feel justified in their animosity against Islam when they see news of violent Islamic extremism. They lack interest, however, in seeing news about instances of violent from members of their own religion. The journalists at all these networks also retain a post-9/11 bias in focusing on the problem of violence in Islam, while overlooking the problem of violence in Christianity.
There’s also the location of the attacks to consider. As much as we all might have heard about recent protests across America declaring that “Black Lives Matter”, when it comes to American news networks, we see that the lives of 12 Frenchmen matter much, much more than the lives of thousands of Africans. As during the days of slavery, the life of an African human being is regarded as having the fraction of the worth of a European human being.