A Note to CBS in re: (Easter) Sunday Morning

I just posted the following to CBS' online feedback site:

It a rare day when I get so completely put off by CBS Sunday Morning that I turn it off, but you managed to do that for me today.  I've been watching Sunday Morning not quite since it first came on the air 30+ years ago, watched as it did its minor changes here and there, the transition from Kuralt to Osgood, and so on, but I've always at least tried to stick with it.

Not today, and because of two stories: the first about this "new song" which is supposed to be such a wonderful expression of Christian faith, then on top of that, the gentleman who is determined to put up crosses apparently anyplace he can get the land to do so.  Yes, I know it's Easter Sunday and I get that your audience is without doubt predominantly Christian.  I am here to tell you that it isn't ENTIRELY so.

I am an atheist, and while I have a fair degree of tolerance for the ubiquity of religion around me, that tolerance is tested when stories such as these are layered one on the other, seemingly pandering to your majority audience while ignoring those of us for whom irrational belief is anathema.  I was pleased to see CNN do a well-conceived hour-long piece on atheism in the United States a week or so ago, and I wonder that CBS News, with a reporting staff I have long admired, couldn't contribute their own take to a subject which should be of importance not just to atheists, but to those who care to understand how the US is changing with regard to belief or lack thereof.  The issue of the "nones," of those without religious affiliation, of agnostics and atheists, is to my mind a current and important topic, worthy of your attention, yet to date, I am not aware of any efforts on behalf of CBS News in this direction.

There's a pretty fair chance I'll be back at 9 AM EDT next Sunday to see what Osgood & Co. have to offer, as I am something of a creature of habit.  I do hope that, at some point or other, someone on your staff can see his or her way clear to submit a story which looks in depth at what we as non-believers are about ... because we are a part of your audience, too.

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I don't think I protest too much here, either.  Sure, Sunday Morning had other stories aside from the two I cited, but having those two in a row felt like "piling-on" to me, to the point where my interest in that episode of the show was lost.  That business about the man putting up hundreds if not thousands of crosses was particularly irksome, because I suspect he assumes there is no opposition to his point of view, when we here know very well that there IS.

The shame in all of this is that I really don't expect to hear anything back from CBS about this, though they have my email if they want to use it.  I will be far more interested in seeing if they take me up on the concept of doing their own report regarding belief and non-belief in the US.  I know they can, and if they decided to, an objective, thoughtful, deeply researched story would likely be the final product.

Question is: will they?

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2015 at 7:34am

Thanks, Loren, for doing what we all should be doing. I'm almost sorry I didn't watch the program, but sort of glad I missed the segments you referred to.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 6, 2015 at 11:54am
Isn't a cross kinda like hanging a replica of a wrecked vehicle around the neck if you lost a loved one that way?
Comment by Loren Miller on April 6, 2015 at 6:00am

I never hung from one, so I have NO idea how it feels, and I know I WOULDN'T, Roland!!!

Comment by kathy: ky on April 5, 2015 at 7:19pm
Loren, I turned it off for exactly the same reason. Lol
Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2015 at 6:34pm

I think you nailed it, Michael!  [grin!]

Comment by Michael Penn on April 5, 2015 at 6:29pm

Apparently, Patricia, there is power in the cross. If nothing else it's the power of ignorance.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2015 at 5:12pm

And while I think about it, thanks, Bertold and Mike!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2015 at 5:09pm

I suppose I could say I'm "openly secular" as well, but saying I'm an atheist I think is less ambiguous.  Besides, as most of you doubtless already know, I have no problem being in someone's face about what I DON'T believe!  [grin!]

Comment by Michael Penn on April 5, 2015 at 3:14pm

Loren, I just e-mailed them my comment below and added this line:

"I'm openly secular and proud to be so. Tripe like the above is a waste of my time."

Then "Mike Penn" became a full name and the message went.

Comment by Michael Penn on April 5, 2015 at 2:38pm

A new song that is such a wonderful expression of Christian faith. WTF? Is CBS getting some royalties from the song or did one of their people write it?

Then a man putting up hundreds if not thousands of crosses. Had the times of been different would he then be putting up electric chairs or the hangman's noose?

CBS needs to explain to me what is going on because I don't find it amusing and need no such "items of faith" to be complete.

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