A Baptist journalist has written about his career dealing with fake news swallowed by people in his faith. While liberal people also glop onto false information, the link author was mostly concerned about his own people, believers.
The author has been a professional journalist for Baptist outlets for some decades. He tells of being bombarded with letters telling him he must investigate the efforts of Madalyn Murray O’Hair to pass legislation RM-2493 which would ban Christian radio broadcasts.
Madalyn O’Hair, some will remember, was the clever and somewhat off-beat character who went to court because she did not want her son required to pray in school. She won her case, went on to found the very successful American Atheists and remains one of the most hated persons every by the religious right.
The problem the link author had with being pressured to do a story on RM-2493 is that O’Hair never requested a bill to prevent religious broadcasts. Further more, RN-2493 was not about religious broadcasting. On top of that, he continued to receive mail claiming O’Hair was trying to pass RN-2493 long after she was dead and gone.
Worrisome the the link’s author is the current split in the ranks of the Southern Baptist Convention. One faction, represented by Russell Moore denounces lies and fake news produced by President Trump and his fans. The other embraces fake news and treats factual news as fake news.
If the religious right is a supporter of fake news, he argues, people will be suspicious of the faith’s message.