Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tha Religious Guy: The News Anchor, The Bruise, and Biden's Forehead

..... Just recently, Sky News news anchor, Kay Burley believed she saw a large bruise on the forehead of American vice-president Joe Biden, saying that he must've gotten it from an accident in the Winter Olympics. How embarassing! Didn't anyone tell Mr. Biden that he had a boo-boo on his face? Oh, wait. It was Ash Wednesday, and as a Catholic, Biden received a sign of faith on his forehead. Burley, however, didn't stop her downhill descent into rudeness there however. After she was properly informed of her error, she tried to make amends during the commercial break by saying, "I know I'm a very bad Catholic. I know I should know that today is Ash Wednesday and that's why he'd got ash across his forehead. I've said three Hail Marys, everything is going to be fine."
..... Her initial mistake that the mark on Biden's forehead was a bruise is harmless enough. She's only an accomplished journalist who must've studied at prestigious places to get to where she is today. But apparently, no one growing up ever exposed her to the Ash Wednesday custom. I guess not one of the 1.166 billion Roman Catholics in the world bothered to tell her...  It's no wonder that people think the press just doesn't get religion. The press butchers religion pieces every day, as you can see from the many entries at Burley is just another example of a journalist misinformed about the communities that she reports to. One would think that being educated members of society, journalists would be able to relate to their viewers, readers, or listeners more. I guess a good education can only get you so far...
..... The main reason why I sit her tonight, slapping the letters on this keyboard (That's a nice mental image haha), is that her second comment is so irritating because it exposes her impertinence. Yup, that's right. Impertinence. Ms. Schut's vocabulary list comes in handy at times! Burley admits she's a bad Catholic but just doesn't leave it at that. Then she mocks her faith by saying she's prayed three hail marys and so she is obviously absolved of any wrongdoing. Burley was alluding to the practice of penance after confession, a custom almost always involving the Marian prayer. It's so annoying how certain individuals, especially lapsed Catholics, make fun of the Church by ridiculing its traditions and sacraments. Why can't they pick on someone their own size? Humph! 
..... A journalist should be a Jack-of-all-trades in terms of knowledge about others. He should learn about many cultures, ideas, and religions to the point that he would never think of offending one particular group. Burley should've had some cultural sensitivity. Instead, she assumed one thing and when you assume, you make an... Well you know what comes after that.

- Jeremy Dela Cruz

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