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I think the "point" is misleading. Here is a thought experiment to show why. Assume I classify a population into 50 or so "groups". Political demographers do this all the time to target campaign advertising. Assume further that the candidate wins. Now -- is it valid to pick one group out of the say 25 groups from which the majority voted for the candidate and say -- "Aha! This group is why the candidate won!"

No. That is not a reasonable argument. It merely goes along with the (rather stupid, IMO) classification of "Soccer Moms" or "Angry White Males" or "Nascar Dads" and then claiming that the candidate won because of a particular group. To sum up: there are 2 fundamental flaws in this type of analysis.

Flaw #1 -- everyone belongs to multiple groups. After all, one can simultaneously be a member of "Soccer Mom", "Evangelical Christian", "Black Matriarch", and so forth. Classification is itself inherently flawed. Ultimately, we are all individuals.

Flaw #2 -- when multiple "groups" (or rather, a majority of the members of those groups) vote for a candidate, it is inherently flawed to pick _one_ of those groups and say that they were the case of the candidate winning.

I suggest the media does this for a number of reasons:
(1) To make a story, in a limited amount of space (print media) or time (broadcast media), they need to simplify.
(2) The media thinks the sheeple are stupid, so they simplify the story.
(3) The media as a whole is "against" Evangelical Christians, so this rings a "hot button" for the typical media person (of course, there I go "classifying" so this number 3 is flawed in an of itself, yes?) But in fact -- if you look at the major media, other than major events like the death of the pope, or in the ghetto of the "Sunday religion page" in the paper -- the majority of stories involving Christianity are negative. They simply do not consider other types of events involving Christians or Christianity to be "news", so it isn't covered. Go and read for yourself. If there is a story in which religion as religion is part of the story -- it will almost always be negative in some way, or be involved in some form of contraversy. Other material is simply never covered -- from the perspective of the media, it simply isn't "news".

I will give a personal example. My church gives 25% of all income from tithing to "missionary work". It has done this year in and year out for many years. Most people think "missionary work" is something from the 19th century, or is some kind of patriarchical cultural imperialism (note the loaded concepts there). But this is what much of missionary work involves:
(a) Build an orphanage.
(b) Build a medical clinic.
(c) Build a school.
(d) Provide clothing to the orphanage.
(e) Provide medical supplies to the clinic.
(f) Provide books to the school.
(g) Provide soup to "street kids" in Moscow - and other nasty environments.
(h) Provide air service to fly supplies into those clinics and schools in the remote areas of the world.
(i) Care for those orphan kids -- feed, house, and educate them until they are grown. Because otherwise -- no one else will, and they will die of starvation or possible grow up as "street kids" sniffing glue and surviving as prostitutes.
(j) And yes -- translate the Bible into all those languages and provide teaching of the Word to those who want to receive it.

Now -- to some people this activity would qualify as "news". But you won't see this covered in the media. And if you haven't set foot into a church, you won't know this is going on. And it isn't just the above. My church specializes in this kind of work -- other churches do local support for the homeless, for abused children, for battered women's shelters. You won't see news coverage on this either. After all...it isn't "news"....


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Christians & the "End of Days" 536 SunSword 04-Apr-05 20:28
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 254 Paoputzu 04-Apr-05 23:36
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 249 Kboldt 05-Apr-05 17:18
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 274 Paoputzu 07-Apr-05 12:14
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 191 Jaimi2 05-Apr-05 16:30
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 204 whytebyrd 05-Apr-05 17:41
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 264 Kboldt 05-Apr-05 18:12
I would like to add... 272 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 14:24
And I would like to add... 246 Lee McGiffen 06-Apr-05 16:00
Re: And I would like to add... 250 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 18:06
Re: And I would like to add... 216 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 18:18
Re: And I would like to add... 262 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 18:47
Re: And I would like to add... 183 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 18:54
Re: And I would like to add... 258 SunSword 06-Apr-05 19:46
Re: And I would like to add... 185 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 19:55
Re: And I would like to add... 226 Cesar 06-Apr-05 22:44
more of a deistic take on things 201 JimLewandowski 07-Apr-05 15:22
Re: And I would like to add... 304 Briffits 09-Apr-05 10:26
Re: And I would like to add... 222 Lee McGiffen 12-Apr-05 11:45
Re: And I would like to add... 221 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 13:10
you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 184 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 16:43
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 243 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 17:00
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 191 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 19:00
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 243 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 19:56
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 200 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 20:13
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 200 Cesar 12-Apr-05 20:40
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 246 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 20:44
I've always felt the phrase "all men are created equal" 196 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 23:07
Re: I've always felt the phrase "all men are created equal" 221 Cesar 13-Apr-05 09:45
Re: And I would like to add... 241 SunSword 12-Apr-05 14:06
Re: And I would like to add... 206 Lee McGiffen 13-Apr-05 10:55
then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 191 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 17:32
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 269 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 18:12
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 212 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 18:16
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 192 Joyeuse 09-Apr-05 02:21
forgot the link for information 175 Joyeuse 09-Apr-05 02:36
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 184 Farseeker 11-Apr-05 19:15
in the end, it's all geography 206 JimLewandowski 11-Apr-05 20:57
Re: in the end, it's all geography 183 Farseeker 11-Apr-05 21:28
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 190 Diomede 05-Apr-05 22:10
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 203 Gordon Strachan 07-Apr-05 16:13
No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 259 SunSword 07-Apr-05 17:24
Re: No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 200 Paoputzu 08-Apr-05 01:58
Re: No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 232 SunSword 08-Apr-05 15:09
Re: No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 177 Paoputzu 08-Apr-05 16:39
fundamentalism is on the rise around the globe 187 JimLewandowski 08-Apr-05 17:07
The End is coming... 215 Lee McGiffen 09-Apr-05 08:20
Re: The End is coming... 193 JamesH 09-Apr-05 14:37
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 196 Kattmanndoo 15-Apr-05 03:12
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 218 Cesar 15-Apr-05 07:36
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 177 Gordon Strachan 15-Apr-05 17:11
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 237 SunSword 15-Apr-05 17:20
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 254 Kboldt 15-Apr-05 18:05
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 190 Gordon Strachan 18-Apr-05 15:35
Neo-Cons & "Apocolyptic" Christians 235 SunSword 18-Apr-05 16:41
According to a Newsweek poll... 180 David L 18-Apr-05 22:54
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 182 Joyeuse 19-Apr-05 00:32
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 177 JimLewandowski 19-Apr-05 04:18
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 173 Joyeuse 20-Apr-05 02:49
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 240 SunSword 20-Apr-05 14:16
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 188 Joyeuse 21-Apr-05 01:07
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 192 Gordon Strachan 21-Apr-05 15:08
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 236 Paoputzu 21-Apr-05 15:57
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 230 SunSword 21-Apr-05 16:10
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 247 Gordon Strachan 26-Apr-05 14:52


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