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Where Real Life and Faith Come Together
First, it was Fox News' obsession with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Trinity United Church of Christ, and black liberation theology. Hannity focused for months on Obama's Christian faith and the way it is expressed at Trinity. Few, if any, in the media (besides my show of course!) had the wisdom to point out that the theology and practice of Rev. Wright and Trinity is well within the mainstream of black churches in America. It is one expression of the Christian faith here. No big deal. But, then again, you actually have to know something about churches, faith, and Christianity to see that. And most of the media does not. CNN is proving that to be true again. Last night I saw a special on "The Faith of Sarah Palin." It was obnoxious in its ignorance. The CNN "investigative reporter" was acting as if Pentecostals were some subterranean cult group. Hello?!?! Earth to CNN - this is the largest worldwide social movement in the past 100 years - and you (along with lots of the intelligentsia) have never heard of it. Might want to observe the world a bit more if you are going to report the news. Geez! If you are going to talk about faith, please know something before talking. Hannity and CNN would both do well to heed this advice. The CNN report on Palin was embarrassing. Simple statements were twisted with suggestive tones and innuendo. Makes one wonder if there are any Christians at all on their reporting staff. Here is the written version of the report from last night. Some of the same wording and suspicion of everything Christian present in the report on air last night is embodied in the writing here. You really do have to listen to it to get the full effect. I love the opening line - sounds so indicting! For more than two decades, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was a practicing Pentecostal. OMG - NO! A practicing Pentecostal. Can't be! Reminds me of Dukakis - for more than two decades, he was a card-carrying member of the ACLU. And the statement of the obvious as if it were blood-curdling news: Palin's former pastor says he has no doubt her religious beliefs will influence her decision making when it comes to government policy. We all have world views. Our world views shape who we are, how we think, and what we do. Of course, Sarah Palin will be influenced by her faith. Everyone is. Geeez! And the closing line - should have heard this one read aloud on air. Remarkable But in the last week, her religious background and outlook has certainly spurred debate far beyond Alaska. No, really, it has just been you, CNN. The rest of us get it. We may agree or disagree but we get it. Feel free to join the rest of the world when you have a moment.
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The Allen Hunt Show is about faith and life, plain and simple. According to a Gallup Poll in May of 2005, 85% of Americans consider their faith important or fairly important to their lives. Yet there is a gap on the talk radio airwaves that examines where faith and life come together. This show fills that gap like nothing currently on the radio. This is not one more political talk show, nor is it another faith-based counseling show because ultimately, life is not about what is right or left, but about what is right and wrong. The Allen Hunt Show takes on real life issues, with real life people, to see how faith can have a real impact. Join us on Saturdays from 9-12 PM and Sundays from 6-9 PM. Blessings!
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