The New York Times Bashes Christians, Except On The Left

Over the past two months, The
New York Times
has hammered Republicans for
including conservative Christians in the American
electoral process:

On June 18, reporter David D.
Kirkpatrick`s story headlined "Bush
Allies Till Fertile Soil, Among Baptists, for Votes
ran on page A1.

On July 2,

Kirkpatrick`s story

"Bush Appeal To Churches Seeking Help Raises Doubts"

ran on page A1.

On July 16, Kirkpatrick`s story
headlined "Citing Falwell`s Endorsement of Bush,
Group Challenges His Tax-Exempt Status"
ran on
page A16.

On Aug. 9, Kirkpatrick`s story

"Churches See an Election Role and Spread the Word on
ran on page A1.

The separation-of-church-and-state
watchdogs have been barking rabidly at any sign of
politicking or voter registration efforts by Republicans
within shouting distance of a house of worship. On July
14, the Times published an editorial headlined

"Onward G.O.P. Soldiers"
on page A22. The
apoplectic editorial writers inveighed against the
Bush-Cheney campaign for "buttonholing Christian
churches nationwide to serve as virtual party precincts
in the Republican drive to turn out voters in November."

The editorial board complained further:

"Ministers are being pressed to create registration
drives and speak out about `all Christians needing to
vote.` The Bush team`s strategy disrespects religion as
much as it does democratic ideals. Churchgoers are
entitled to a little sanctuary from politicians."

None of this alleged concern about
the supposedly undemocratic mixture of religion and
politics was evident, however, in the Times`
coverage of former president Bill Clinton`s pulpit
demagoguery at the

Riverside Church in New York City this past
Sunday on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate
John Kerry. Here`s the lead for the front-page article
that ran in the Times` politics section on

President Bill Clinton offered a hard-hitting attack
against the Republican Party yesterday, telling
worshipers gathered at Riverside Church that President
Bush and the Republicans are distorting John Kerry`s war
record in Vietnam. `Sometimes I think our friends on the
other side have become the people of the Nine
Commandments,` Mr. Clinton said. `It is wrong to bear
false witness.` "


After Sharing the White House, Sharing a Critique of the
By Raymond Hernandez, August 30, 2004]

Yup. Before a crowd of 1,500
worshipers in upper Manhattan, Clinton slammed religious
conservatives for their stance against

homosexual marriage

; attacked President Bush`s

No Child Left Behind Act
(co-sponsored by Democratic

Teddy Kennedy
); derided the Bush tax cuts;
questioned the Republicans` "healthy
initiative; and ridiculed the expansive
prescription drug benefit program
passed with
support of both parties.

Would a Times reporter have
approvingly described a sermon by a conservative
preacher taking the opposite stance on the pulpit as

Why didn`t the reporter include the
standard alarmist quote from secularist

Barry Lynn
questioning the tax-exempt status of the
Riverside Church?

And, putting aside the unholy
spectre of an impeached president

invoking the Bible to condemn others for

, where are all the Times` editorial
writers—previously so concerned about protecting the
church sanctuary from disrespectful partisan

Clinton`s strident Sunday morning
visit to the

Riverside Church
wasn`t just one spontaneous event,
but part of a coordinated nationwide campaign called

"Mobilization 2004."
The church`s pastor, Rev.
James Forbes, has aligned with


Michael Moore

socialist anti-war agitators
Code Pink, and

liberal Protestant
churches bent on booting
President Bush out of office. Forbes, who spoke at the
Democratic National Convention, has his hands in protest
events all week during the Republican National
Convention, pushing everything from increased federal
spending on hunger and homelessness to single-payer
health insurance.

Nevertheless, there have been no
in-depth, front-page stories on how Kerry allies are
"tilling fertile soil" among left-wing Protestants for
votes. No editorials snidely titled "Onward Democrat
And no conspiratorial flow charts
suggesting coordination between Rev. Forbes, the
Clintons (Hillary attended the service after attacking
Bush on the Sunday morning talk show circuit) and the
Kerry campaign.

The New York Times`
sanctimonious reporters and editorialists loudly declaim
the mixture of religion and politics whenever
conservative Christians are involved. But when the
religious Left brings Democratic partisans to preach to
the choir, the

separatists in the

are quieter than country church mice. The
double standard echoes like a steel trap snapping in an
empty cathedral.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

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