One of the subjects religious media doesn’t touch too often is radical Islam, and the impact terrorism is having on this country and the world. Occasionally the rare TV or radio ministry will discuss these issues, but for the most part, on religious media, the subject is relegated to the fringe. And that fact represents one of my biggest pet peeves about religious media today. What’s hottest in the mainstream news, fills the conversations of people everywhere, and imperils our way of life, doesn’t even seem to exist on religious media.
Where are the in-depth documentaries and investigative reports? Where’s the intellectual analysis of Islamic theology and culture? Where’s the reports from Christians inside these countries? Where are the mission updates? One of the greatest threats we’ve ever experienced is just barely a blip on the Christian media radar.
I’m going to be talking more about more about this issue in upcoming posts. From the fact that Al Jezeera has their own network headquarters in Washington, D.C., to how effectively radicals are using the Internet for worldwide mobilization, to the way they skillfully use the courts to gain more and more influence. Islamic radicals understand the power of the media and are maximizing it’s reach and impact throughout the world.
Keep your eye on this issue, because it’s a real concern. How do we balance the rights of people in a free speech culture with the very real issues surrounding the rise of radical Islam and their use of the media to further their cause? Where do we cross the line?
We start with knowledge – knowing what they are doing and how they are doing it. Keep me posted on areas where you find the media influence of Islam growing. Let’s start a conversation about the role media is playing in the spread of terrorism, and explore our options for dealing with the threat.