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Thursday, December 31, 2015
CNS Censors Obama Statement on Christians In Middle East
Topic: loves to bash President Obama for purporting not caring enough about the plight of Christians in the Middle East. From body-count refugee totals that overemphasize how few Syrian refugees are Christian (and burying the news that explains why that's not a deliberate act by the Obama administration) to letting Franklin Graham rant , along with other right-wingers, that Obama doesn't care about Christians, CNS is making its right-wing agenda known.

So you'd think CNS would be jumping with joy that Obama issued a statement just before Christmas specifically addressing "Persecuted Christians at Christmas":

During this season of Advent, Christians in the United States and around the world are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  At this time, those of us fortunate enough to live in countries that honor the birthright of all people to practice their faith freely give thanks for that blessing.  Michelle and I are also ever-mindful that many of our fellow Christians do not enjoy that right, and hold especially close to our hearts and minds those who have been driven from their ancient homelands by unspeakable violence and persecution.

In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL.

We join with people around the world in praying for God’s protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths, as well as for those brave men and women engaged in our military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering and restore stability, security, and hope to their nations.  As the old Christmas carol reminds us:

The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men.

But not only did CNS never mention Obama's statement on its front page over Christmas weekend, we  could find no mention of it in CNS' archive.

Meanwhile, the rest of the ConWeb at least recognized that the statement exists. Newsmax did a full story on it; WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah wrote a column aout the statement, then dismissed it as "just words" and whined that Obama used the Islamic State group as ISIL.

CNS claims to be a news organization that "endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story." Apprently not, especially if they interfere with its right-wing agenda.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:40 PM EST

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