The media’s ignorance on full display when crucifying Scomo

The media’s ignorance on full display when crucifying Scomo. By James McPherson.

Scott Morrison and his faith have been the subject of national discussion for three years, and yet journalists still don’t know which church he attends.

Heck, after three years they still can’t even spell ‘Pentecostal’.

And then there’s the former Greens leader who insisted that Mr Morrison giving his final speech as Prime Minister in church was proof of a conspiracy to transform Australia into a theocracy.

Cultural elites never took Mr Morrison’s Christianity seriously. Instead, they caricatured his faith in order to demean him.

Not that Pentecostals cared that much. About a quarter of the two billion Christians in the world are Pentecostals. That happened without the ABC, and despite the Greens’ anti-Christian hand-wringing.

Anyway, most churchgoers understand that our elites much prefer a small, empty church, populated by elderly parishioners cheering the ordination of a transgendered priest who believes souls can be saved by banning coal.

That’s a church our left-leaning elites can say ‘amen’ to.

But a church auditorium packed with young families professing love of Jesus and belief in the Bible as the word of God? Not so much.

Journalists spent three years studying Mr Morrison’s brand of Christianity to conclude that Pentecostals were ‘Happy Clappers’ because they were, um, happy. And they liked to clap to music.

This was about as serious as the analysis got.

Oh, and they told us Pentecostalism was ‘American-style Christianity’.

But only because journalists seemed unfamiliar with South Korean-style Christianity. Or Nigerian-style Christianity. Or Indonesian-style Christianity. That’s where the largest Pentecostal churches are. But you’d have to be a journalist with access to Google to know that.

‘American-style Christianity’ worked for journalists because it sounded sinister, like something Donald Trump himself had created. …

With such attention to detail, it was hardly surprising that when Mr Morrison gave his final speech as Prime Minister at Horizon Church on Sunday morning, the ABC reported that he was speaking at Hillsong Church.

Horizon and Hillsong are, of course, completely different churches, located 46km from each other.

What does it matter?

Mr Morrison’s detractors have long accused him of being a Hillsong member. In doing so, the enemies of Mr Morrison have sought to tar him with the scandals of Hillsong Church, and the enemies of Hillsong Church have sought to tar it with the unpopular policies of Mr Morrison.

It’s a wonderful arrangement for the haters who get to crucify Hillsong and Morrison with one nail. …

This tweet was popular…

I’m now confused. The same bloke who said he hadn’t even been to Hillsong in years just appeared on the ABC giving thanks at Hillsong Sydney. The very day after losing the election!’

Someone needs to tell the confused viewer (and the hundreds who ‘liked’ and shared his tweet) that he was only confused because he had been watching the ABC.

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