public-prayer-boothNow, I have heard of investigative reporting where the “power of the people” discovers who is rogue in city hall, what attorneys are getting mani-pedis on the clock and why a local cheerleader is suddenly selling personal items on eBay.

That, I’m OK with. What NPR did recently, I am not, because bum rushing sites of ecumenicalism – and using a Wiccan priestess as its pawn – is not necessarily how I enjoy seeing my tax dollars at work.

So, the city of New York (of all places) was waxing the sublime and divine when it launched an “art project” [yes, in America, this is how you get away with promoting Jesus… call it “art”] called a “Public Prayer Booth”, seen pictured here.

Oh it’s pimped with a rigged phone booth and even a flip-down kneeler for those who want to rock the rosary, or just make a statement. And this happened, and it wasn’t planned…

To cover the story, NPR sent reporter Margot Adler, a Wiccan priestess and author of two books on paganism. Lo and behold, she happened upon the president of the New York City Atheists, Ken Bronstein, an outspoken opponent of public religious displays.

Serendipity at it’s finest.

The two got together, went to Starbucks and discussed their unquenchable angst for God, Baby Jesus and the Church. Great weekend conversation for two chums, eh? You think there was a angle NPR was stroking for, given their propensity for blatantly offensive anti-religiouser, JESUS tactics?

“There’s no bias in this story and to imply that there is because of a reporter’s religious beliefs is absurd,” said Anna Christopher, an NPR spokeswoman. “[Adler] spoke with several different people with several different viewpoints on the booth.”

Uh yeah. About that? Where are those interviews? Where’s that tape? Maybe it’s just b-roll for the focus of the piece: “Prayer in NYC: Is it really worth it?”

Thanks, NPR. Next time I am touched by watching Sesame Street and something from Yanni on your air waves, and I consider reaching into my wallet… and then change the channel before I give in to lunacy. I suggest we all do the same.

  1. skispeaks says:

    Just stumbled onto your post when it was automatically linked to one of mine. Good catch on this story. You know, I listen to NPR regularly and they do a lot of cool stuff, but at least once a day I catch the bias in their stories. That’s why I’ve started sticking to podcasts of the stuff I want to listen to, instead of the live program. A Prairie Home Companion and their stuff on music is still good as far as I’m concerned 🙂

  2. lavrai says:

    Hey, there.

    You know, that’s pretty cold. But everyone has an agenda, right? I mean, there are human beings (either sons of darkness or sons of light) running these programs.

    As a matter of fact, I happened to catch a couple of Discovery channel programs the other night — and they were all about trying to find evidence for the early moments in history as recorded in the Holy Bible. This just one of the titles: “Noah: The True Story” … yeah, except they treated the Bible recording as some type of random, irrelevant source and kept citing some Babylonian re-writing of the Bible account… I mean, they went all over the place with it… including making it seem like there was no world-wide flood, but Noah just got stuck in a storm. When Noah and his family hit dry land and exited “the barge,” there were his clients seeking refunds for the “animal cargo” he was suppose to deliver, not 40 days ago, but 7. I guess this is how they indoctrinate the kids — just make which ever preferred version seem more “sensible”. Man… everyone has an agenda, and it seems like Satan’s gets a lot of air time.

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