Saturday, April 21, 2007

The "Sensitivity" of NPR

Jay Nordlinger writes:

"Finally, a story about NPR. I haven't listened to it for years - since the 1980s? - but I happened to hear it a couple of weeks ago. I was with someone who had it on. And I listened with wondering ears.

They were doing a segment on a man who had been a Christian missionary deep in the Amazon jungle. It seemed a warm, positive story. "Huh - this is interesting," I thought. "Maybe I should rethink NPR."

The narrator recounted that the man had learned the language of the tribesmen, a remarkable feat. But his "proselytizing" - NPR's word - wasn't going so well. The ex-missionary said (and I paraphrase), "I told them there had been this man, Jesus, who was killed, and then came back to life. They said to me, `Did you see this?' I said no. They said, `Do you know anyone who saw this?' I again had to say no."

Long story short: The missionary discarded his religious beliefs; the natives, as NPR said, wound up "converting him." So, a happy ending! A perfect, happy, NPR ending! It was just beautiful.

But here's the kicker: This segment was broadcast Easter morning. It was the perfect Easter gift to the American people from their public radio.


Let's look forward to an NPR story ridiculing Islam on a Muslim holy day! (Don't hold your breath).