Thursday, July 28, 2016

Counterpunch Defends the Church

Writing from the "hard left," JoAnn Wypijewski exposes the Anti-Catholic Moral Panic of 2002 which would have it that "every playground, church and rectory was a hunting ground for the great Whore of Babylon" in this must-read piece of journalism — Oscar Hangover Special: Why “Spotlight” Is a Terrible Film.
    By their nature, moral panics are hysterical. They jettison reason for emotion, transform accusation into proof, spur more accusation and create a climate that demands not deliberation or evidence or resistance to prejudice but mindless faith.

    They are the enemy of skepticism, which those on the left and near-left, liberals, progressives, regard as the sword and shield of journalism when it’s convenient or ideologically appealing. The Globe did not so much practice journalism as it constructed a courtroom of panic, one that reversed the presumption of innocence and spilled over into real courtrooms where real defendants didn’t stand a chance.
This moral panic drove mushy-headed cuckservative Rod Dreher from the Church into schism.

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