Has anyone else noticed that religion is portrayed as truth and real history on most TV channels.Look at the history channel.
The self-styled “History Channel” has been worthless for decades in terms of any real historical info. Even when they occasionally try to tackle some real history, they do a crummy job. As to religion in media, I think that, at a time when many traditional ideas and assumptions are being challenged, there seems to be some sort of awful consensus that religion and “spirituality” are not to be questioned. I hear a lot of educated people claiming that, even if based on genuinely crackpot ideas, believing in religion is still somehow “good” for us and for society. Yuk.
Most (religious) people believe it is actual history, when in fact most actual historical records haven't survived. A great deal of it was deliberately destroyed by the early Christian church. It is estimated that at least 98% was lost due to Christians destroying records and burning of the Alexandria Library.
As atheists/agnostics we need to point out that most biblical stories were taken form stories of other religions and cultures and where those stories appear in other religions and cultures they are considered to be "myths" and nto actual history.
That channel has changed a lot since it started. I remember when it was about actual history. The proliferation of cable networks made them struggle for viewers and go to more sensationalist fare.
For instance, every other week is now Nazi Week on the History Channel.
Religion is part of history...unpalatable as that may be to us. Human history has religion interwoven through it and cannot be separated, just as past events cannot be changed. I don’t watch the History channel, because I don’t subscribe to cable TV, so am at a disadvantage to knowing what you really mean, but things are either facts or they are false. Is the History channel portraying biblical stories as fact?
Yes, likewise with entertainment. All too often I find some Christian based horror embedded in stories. What about other religions daemons producing floods, famine and fires for a change.
Back to the point, is there an agenda at work? Is a factual channel in the hands of evangelical Christians who are infiltrating the way history is put across?
Probably more accidental religious indoctrination slipping in through capitalist market forces. Look at what fills the programming now. Aliens, UFOs, myths, (still not) finding bigfoot, redneck hunters, nude survivors and Bear Grills. Mostly cheap to make and easy watching for trailer-trash semi-intellectuals.
I remember that once the 'history' channel had some real history but it seems people don;t want to hear or see this. It has become a channel mainly for entertainment. That's what sells.
I still remember, late one evening seeing a program about a KKK member gaining some information and managed to see the error of his ways and escaping the KKK. Then the show talked about anthropologists saying, outside of cosmetic and cultural differences there are no real differences between any people and race was a made up word. Tribe was a much better application. Later I tried to find that show and it was nowhere to be seen. In order to gain finances a media often has to appeal to a wide range of audiences and several times I have written the National Geographic on some story which tried to place religion in a good light.
Put it this way: There is no liberal, atheist, anti religion anti "god" mass media that the loony & paranoid right wing would like us to "believe" (for lack of a better word) . Either another myth in their "brains", or another weapon in their propaganda arsenal. I'm really tired of guessing which