As the Roe clock ticks, the press shuns reports of another big story – attacks on Catholic churches – GetReligion
None of the major newspapers or TV stations covered the comments. Again they were relegated to drawing attention to FoxNews and other right-wing media. It should also be noted that none of the Sunday morning political talk shows could bother to talk about Kavanaugh or attacks on churches in this highly volatile political environment.
Kavanaugh, a Catholic, is part of the conservative Supreme Court bloc and, of course, he was controversially endorsed by the Senate in 2018. Writing in The pillar on June 10, Ed Condon made this very important point:
I’m guessing the story has been on Fox News and similar stations for a while, though I can’t be sure because I’d rather eat my TV than watch the cable news. But you probably didn’t read about it in the New York Times, where the story was back on page 20, or in the Washington Post, where it was filed under “Local Crime and Public Safety” – at next to a car accident report.
I confess to being surprised that what appears to have been a fairly believable attempt to assassinate this particular Supreme Court Justice has not been more significant news for the so-called official newspapers of the country, in particular account given their coverage previously dedicated to all things Kavanaugh.
When he was arrested, Nicholas John Roske apparently told law enforcement that he was upset about the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and believed that killing the judge in a murder-suicide “would give his life purpose”.
Roske’s plan was presumably made more feasible because the home addresses of several judges were released by Ruth Sent Us, a group coordinating pro-abortion protests at judges’ homes and in Catholic churches.
Condon noted that “consistency” in journalism is what was needed, in this case. Here are a few more from him:
So I was also surprised that the band seemed to distance themselves from the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life, albeit obliquely. Surely the premise of legal abortion on demand is that there is a right, and sometimes even a compelling necessity, to end innocent human life for some supposedly “greater” benefit?
I would have thought that, for groups committed to killing on demand in the name of “choice,” the selection of individual judges from their family homes to preserve Roe as the law of the land might be, like abortion itself, considered as a practical practice. necessity of difficult circumstances.
Maybe they wouldn’t go so far as to print “Shout Your Assassination” t-shirts, but I would have expected at least some sort of line of values, given their belief that to get the life you want, sometimes you have to take someone else.
On the other hand, of course, I should note that after the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life, Ruth sent us another call to target the home of Judge Amy Coney Barrett – details provided, of course – which they did yesterday.
Expect. There is more. The same organization has circulated information about the location of the school attended by Barrett’s children – suggesting protests there “express your anger”.
It could also be an angle worthy of media coverage.
It was a month ago National exam foreshadowed some of that. Here is a key section dealing with Catholicism:
What is confusing, then, is the particular emphasis on Catholic churches. Yes, the Catholic Church has historically played an important role in the pro-life cause. But he’s one of many, and his role in Dobbs himself is marginal compared to the zealous activity of others on both sides of the case. She was not part of the case. He had no role in drafting the Mississippi law. He did not lead the campaign to build support for Dobbs. Although the Church has long opposed abortion and has filed several amicus briefs in this case, these actions were no different from the thousands of other parties who filed similarly and did well. more. Clearly, in this round of the fight against abortion, the Church has joined millions of Americans in cheering from the sidelines rather than jumping into the arena. The idea that he is somehow singularly responsible for the Dobbs decision in any significant way, to deserve such protests, is overblown.
This makes one wonder why activists are so obsessed with Catholics. Many faith groups, NGOs and institutions across the country are pro-life, but no systematic protests have been planned against them. Catholic churches are the establishments — aside from the homes of Supreme Court justices — that have been singled out for protests.
Several Catholic news sites covered the violence. Catholic News Agency has a “church vandalism” tag on stories that involve such attacks.
The last such story they talked about was on June 10. Here is the beginning of the story:
New video footage shows the four vandals who wrote “Janes revenge” at a pro-life Archdiocesan pregnancy center in Hollywood, Florida over Memorial Day weekend.
In the four separate video clips shared with CNA by the Archdiocese of Miami, four masked people can be seen approaching the South Broward Pregnancy Center and spray-painting the wall of the clinic.
We can then see them move away from the scene. But before leaving the camera’s field of view, one of the vandals can be seen turning around to face the wall while holding an object. It appears to be a cell phone camera. It is not known if the person was taking a photo or not. They then left the scene.
Photos of the vandalism show the words ‘If abortions aren’t safe, then neither [sic] are you” and “Janes revenge”. Another unreadable sentence is also written in spray paint. You can watch the images below.
It’s the type of story you haven’t read in the national press or as part of a larger trend. Since media like the Time – a source of agenda for editors in other newsrooms – ignore these stories, coverage is relegated to places like Fox News or the Catholic Press.
This lack of media coverage around violence and vandalism in churches and underprivileged nonprofits is both dangerous and disappointing. It’s dangerous because it turns journalism, reporting the facts, into activism, which is not journalism.
Ignoring stories or trends that contradict your narrative harms our national discourse on what matters and what doesn’t. Vandalism against churches and anyone you may disagree with is important – no matter who commits such heinous acts or why – to our national conversation.
Readers, in whatever cocoon they choose to live in, deserve the truth. It is the role of journalists to do so.
MAIN PICTURE: Catholic Church vandalized in Boulder, Colorado, on May 4. Image via Youtube screenshot.