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Grapevine Whine - Some Christians Are More Equal Than Others

Reported by Nancy - December 1, 2005 -

In the midst of their seasonal campaign to convince viewers that there's a "War onChristmas" (& not so coincidentally, sell John Gibson's book of the same name), Fox treated one group of Christians with the contempt they usually reserve for more traditional targets. Brit Hume was the designated attack dog, & the snippet aired on Special Report on Wednesday night (11/30).

The Grapevine segment on 11/30 bashed & praised some of the usual suspects (bad: John Kerry, "major media" & MoveOn; good: Joe Lieberman, Wall Street Journal) but Item #3 was about 4 peace activists kidnapped in Iraq.

Hume said that they had beenkidnapped "by terrorists" & identfied them as belonging to "the anti-war group Christian Peacemaker Teams." He then opined "you might think the organization is furious with their captors, but you'd be wrong. Instead, the peace group is blaming the US & Britain for the abduction, saying, 'We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the US and UK governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people.' " According to Hume, "the group's Web site reveals that it's a left-wing organization that has also stood with Palestinians against 'Israeli occupation,' and with illegal Mexican immigrants against harsh 'US immigration policy.' "

Comments: The homepage of CPT's website has this header:

What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?

The group characterizes itself & its members both as peacemakers & as human rights activists, which apparently in FoxWorld & HumeSpeak is the equivalent of "left-wing." I suppose one could interpret that as confirmation that reactionaries really don't care about peace or about human rights.

About two-thirds of the way down the homepage is the Nov 30 statement Hume quoted from. Here are the first 2 paragphs (the remainder of the statement gives profiles of each of the 4 abductees):

BAGHDAD: We were very saddened to see the images of our loved ones on Al Jazeera television recently. We were disturbed by seeing the video and believe that repeated showing of it will endanger the lives of our friends. We are deeply disturbed by their abduction. We pray that those who hold them will be merciful and that they will be released soon. We want so much to see their faces in our home again, and we want them to know how much we love them, how much we miss them, and how anxious and concerned we are by what is happening to them.
We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has worked for the rights of Iraqi prisoners who have been illegally detained and abused by the U.S. government. We were the first people to publicly denounce the torture of Iraqi people at the hands of U.S. forces, long before the western media admitted what was happening at Abu Ghraib. We are some of the few internationals left in Iraq who are telling the truth about what is happening to the Iraqi people We hope that we can continue to do this work and we pray for the speedy release of our beloved teammates.

As for the activities that Hume characterized as having "stood with Palestinians ... and with illegal Mexican immigrants..." go to the CPT website & click on the projects in Hebron & Arizona to see what those nefarious peacemakers are actually up to.

As always, note the language: the 4 were kidnapped 'by terrorists" rather than by insurgents. Hume had to label Christian Peacemaker Teams as an " anti-war group" in case viewers had any doubt about the aims of a group called Peacemakers. Then he further labelled them "left-wing" in case viewers didn't understand that "anti-war" & "left-wing" are, in FoxWorld, synonymous.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (Hume's & Fox's spin on the Christian Peacemaker Teams & the abduction of 4 of their members). The topic is NOT religion or any aspect thereof. O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.