Mainstream News Outlets Circled…
the mother from Lake Elsinore California who shed tears over her lost son. Now the government is taking down the illegally placed cross memorial erected on the side of the road.
Perfect formula news story
With a mix of general interest, emotion, and hardcore anger this story is perfectly designed for television news. Stations quickly paint the government and special interests as faceless villains who want to destroy the sons memory in favor of a brutal atheist world. Tears caught on camera, and an angry mob of christian protesters give an ultimatum to the camera as they erect even more christian signs to take its place.
Networks mention victories by humanist groups leading to similar actions, but fail to interview any person from the other side. It’s true that this action is petty and insignificant in the overall church vs. religion debate, but it’s an important precedent. The coverage makes these actions seem universally unpopular, but many people would agree that any religious symbol has no place on public property.
This is the second legal battle won by the American Humanist Association in Lake Elsinore where they recently won a court case against this war memorial featuring religious symbols