Print media, at least what’s left of it these days, has long demanded a sort of reverence that they perhaps hadn’t truly earned.
You see, they’ve equated their antiquated output with “quality”, the same way that folks love saying “they don’t make ’em like they used to” even though this is ostensibly untrue. Human nature demands that we improve, and constantly, to satisfy our innate urge to create and understand.
And so when the New York Times is given some vaunted status within the media, we have to ask ourselves why, especially as they continue to resort to silly PR stunts meant to conjure controversy from thin air.
The New York Times decided to publish a guest essay heavily criticizing God on Good Friday and the start of Passover.
Shalom Auslander composed a piece insisting that this Passover, we should stop paying attention to God:Trending:
“In this time of war and violence, of oppression and suffering, I propose we pass over something else: God,” he began, before claiming God is “hateful,” full of “brutality,” and, if mortal, “would be dragged to the Hague.”
According to the author, Israel’s ancient enemies were troubling, “But just as troubling — even more so today in light of the brutal slaughter taking place in Ukraine — were the plagues themselves.”
“Egyptians young and old, innocent and guilty, suffered locusts and frogs, hail and darkness, beasts running wild and water becoming blood,” Auslander lamented.
“Surely, I wondered, there were some Egyptians who didn’t whip Jews, who didn’t have anything against Jews at all?” he asked.
The author opined, “God, it seems, paints with a wide brush. He paints with a roller. In Egypt, said our rabbi, he even killed first-born cattle. He killed cows.”
The author then invoked the war in Ukraine to bolster his purposefully-offensive point.
“Perhaps now, as missiles rain down and the dead are discovered in mass graves, is a good time to stop emulating this hateful God,” the guest essayist proposed.
“Perhaps we can stop extolling his brutality. Perhaps now is a good time to teach our children to pass over God — to be as unlike him as possible,” he added.
If this is what the New York Times is willing to publish during Passover and Easter, we can only imagine what sort of sacrilegious drivel will be coming for us near Christmas.