John Cullinan has written a thought-provoking piece in National Review Online that challenges Western media with glossing over of anti-Christian sentiments in Turkey and the recent spate of killings of Catholic clergy in the country:
“…it’s also a fact that the killing of Catholic clerics in Muslim-majority states tends nowadays in the West to be passed over in silence or treated as business as usual. Imagine for a moment what would happen if — God forbid! — a very senior, foreign-born Muslim cleric were murdered in the U.S. in circumstances amounting to a hate crime. It is not difficult to imagine the likely aftermath: wall-to-wall media coverage, repeated international condemnations, and multiple presidential apologies.”
Reading this piece reminded me of the feeling I had after watching the documentary Control Room several years ago. A news consumer has an obligation to seek out multiple perspectives on stories in order to be better informed. Not any one news organization will canvas the many stories needing to be told. And so, one ought not trust or dedicate his energies to a single source or two.
Be curious. Ask questions. Seek knowledge. Read diligent. Consume responsibly.
I’ve got some work to do.
In the photo above, the parents of the Turkish teenager jailed for killing Italian Catholic priest Andrea Santoro attend his commemoration ceremony at Saint Maria Church in Trabzon, Turkey on February 5, 2007. The priest was shot dead by the 17-year-old boy who confessed to the murder. (photo: (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)