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Monday, March 26, 2007

Protecting Americans

posted by on March 26 at 9:43 AM

Time magazine: Pro spreading the good word, con giving Americans bad news. From the Huffington Post:

This week, Time’s cover story is an essay arguing in favor of teaching the Bible in schools, which can be boiled down to this: “Of course the Bible should be taught in schools. Duh. It’s religion that shouldn’t be.” On the cover of its international edition is a story that is less easily boiled down: “The Truth About Talibanistan,” about the resurgence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan (and also, Pakistan), and how it’s “the next battleground of the war on terrorism.”

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What do you expect from a Liberal Media bent on embarassing the Presid..oh wait, nevermind.

Posted by Mike in MO | March 26, 2007 9:56 AM

Yet another reason to read international news....fuck american "news".

Posted by Monique | March 26, 2007 9:56 AM

When did Fox buy TIME Magazine?

Posted by monkey | March 26, 2007 10:12 AM

And people complain that Americans don't know anything about the rest of the world. Why do you suppose that is?

Though I'm sure the business people told them that having an unpleasant story about Afghanistan would tank sales. Americans are primarily motivated by the avoidance of bad news.

Posted by Fnarf | March 26, 2007 10:42 AM

Yeah, and did you see the shmoe who they made Person of the Year for '06? What a loser.

Posted by Ziggity | March 26, 2007 10:50 AM

This is nothing new. Time routinely has 2 separate issues, one for the US market, and another for overseas markets. Sadly, it is the US version that is usually dumbed down and sanitized. *sigh*

And this is what passes for news?

Posted by SDA in SEA | March 26, 2007 11:05 AM

Actually, the Talibanistan article was pretty straightforward (and can be boiled down to 'the Taliban are taking over the region in between Pakistan and Afghanistan, no one can fight them off, so watch out), and the Bible article was quite thoughtful and interesting.

Personally, I think it's ridiculous how many people (even religious people) know basically nothing about the Bible. Like it or not, it's a major part of western culture, and people should be familiar with at least the basic stories.

The difficulty, of course, is how to prevent it veering from 'consider this text as a cultural artifact' to 'consider this text because it's the word of God.'

Posted by Megan | March 26, 2007 8:05 PM

It was pretty straightforward in my high school class. "Ok, we're studying the Bible as literature! .... Let's go!" And that's what we did.

Posted by Gloria | March 27, 2007 4:53 AM

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