The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 30, 2012

Media twists truth

This is in response to a letter written and submitted by Ruth Schaffer of Dornsife regarding religious intolerance.

America has a history of promoting paranoia and utilizing fear mongering techniques, which we saw during the Cold War. Since Sept. 11th and the presidency of Barack Obama, this kind of stuff has picked up steam again. With the introduction of the Internet, it is virtually impossible to sort out the accurate and inaccurate information unless a person makes a point to try. We have major media venues, however, that have been known to give out inaccurate and incorrect information, even after it has been disputed. I don’t think this should be considered free speech. We have corporate control of AM radio, which is supposed to reflect the views of all members of our society. People actually believe total control of the airwaves by a small number of conglomerates is actually “free speech” rather than what it is — completely monopolized speech. So when one sees a letter in the paper about some sort of “Defamation of Religions” resolution. it is not all that surprising, but what it is, is speculative hyperbolic inaccuracy for the purpose of creating an unwarranted fear in people.

What these people are saying is beyond ludicrous. There has never been any statement from the president preferring one religion over another unless someone is viewing information edited to make it appear so. There is no intention of spreading Sharia law in America — that is laughable. The only religion that seems to want to impose its own narrow agenda on Americans are the right wing fundamentalist Christians who want Christianity promoted in public schools and other venues. The only group in America trying to abridge the rights of women are these same fundamentalist Christians. They have also been involved in what I see as clear voter suppression, as well as marginalizing minorities and other people. I am pleased most Americans rejected this on election day, and I hope people, before they come out and make over the top statements of things based on very little accuracy — would arm themselves, not so much with guns, but perhaps with education and information.

Rob Walter, Sunbury

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