Christianity's noble work

FresnoJune 25, 2014 

One paragraph (among others) in the commentary (June 21) by Greg Burk describing the film "Maleficent" typifies the antipathy the left has for Christianity. His assertion that Christianity has a diminished reputation because of "tea-party extremists, Quran-burning ministers, and child-molesting priests" is a predictable bomb-throwing tactic meant to throw the faithful on the defensive and those on the fence to agree with him.

Child-molesting priests or Quran-burning ministers are a negligible percentage of Christians, yet Mr. Burk prefers to focus on them rather than the hundreds of millions of others who regularly and quietly live their faith every day. I proudly associate myself with a church which operates one-quarter of the world's health care, 11,000 children's homes, 8,000 orphanages; and counts Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul, and Pope Francis as its modern examples of piety and holiness, not to mention the countless other Christians doing God's work quietly.

Mr. Burk is wrong about Hollywood and media's influence vis-à-vis religion and Christianity in specific. "Maleficent" is not a result of society's rejection of Christianity; rather, it needs to be counted among the causes.

Christopher G. Tasy


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