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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Geez, another stereotype reinforced... RE: Rising Stars+religion
    Date: 4/2/2000 12:05:00 PM  

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>I know it's not comics' or any writer's job to portray reality
>exactly, but I often wonder why "religious" figures are so often
>picked out by writers to serve as the heavy in these stories. And
>they are almost always given personality traits that would be closer
>to Jim Jones/David Koresh than to any spiritual leader I've ever met.

Even-handed means that one does not favor one side or the other.

It seems that your definition of even handed is to commend it when it agrees
with your side and to condemn it when it shows another side...if I show
religion in a positive way, then I'm even handed; if I show one person who is
not a nice person who is religious, then somehow that's wrong.

Sorry, that is the *definition* of even handed: showing the two sides, the good
and the bad.

You would apparantly like us to ignore the reality of the Jimmy Swaggarts and
the Jim Bakkers and the Jerry Fallwells out there, because if a character like
that gets mentioned, well doggone it, that's wrong, that's stereotypical. *We*
didn't create those people; those people created themselves in terms of their

I'm sorry you don't like it, but your statement that it isn't reality is itself
far out of tune with reality.

It isn't saying that ALL people are like this, only SOME people.

If you want people to be even handed in their treatment of various issues, then
you have to expect some that are favorable to your position, and some that are
not. To say you want evenhandedness, then complain when the other hand is
shown, then you're being unfair and, one might even suggest, hypocritcal.


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