Can God's Voice be Heard in Media Soundbytes?
The Huffington Post's Jon Wiener writes, in the commentary attached below, with jaded incredulity of the LA Times's decision to run a front page article on April 10th, Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barak Obama, about the fact that Barack Obama has a friend of Palestinian descent (the prominent Columbia University historian Rashid Khalidi) and went to hear a lecture by Edward Said ten (yes, ten!) years ago. No one can be surprised that big media, in articles like this, and American politicians on both sides of the aisle continue to pander to powerful Israel-right-or-wrong constituents. They merely reinforce a toxic trend in which anyone who can possibly be characterized as a critic of Israel or as sympathetic towards Palestinians is liable to be demonized with all the familiar epithets.
Posted April 10, 2008 | 04:42 PM (EST)
An edited response I wrote to the article and email:
the American people must be able to see through this type of diversion.
Quite honestly, one thing that impresses me about Obama is his interest in hearing all sides of an issues and his willingness to build relationships on all sides of political divides throughout the world. The accusations in these articles only raise my regard for his character and humility. . . humility is something the United States could sure use a ton more of in its leaders.
Enough for now . . . I pray that those on all sides of the political divide can drop any indignation long enough to join together to pray for God's peace to transform us . . . so that, as God's people, we can see the world the way God does and hear His voice as He speaks in the most unexpected ways.