Freedom of the Religion and Freedom of the Press, all in the glorious First Amendment. The two may be becoming one in Waco.
We subscribe to the Waco Tribune-Herald. A local family recently bought the trib from the Cox company, which had owned the trib for 33 years. The new chairman, Clifton Robinson, wrote a piece for the Trib on August 1 reflecting on his new toy, er, business. He tells us:
Change is the byword of our modern society, and such is the case of the Trib. It’s time for a change, and hopefully our values and opinions will be well received by our advertisers and readers. It will come about slowly but surely with the first change being printed on this paper’s front page, where it will remain during the tenure of our ownership: In God we trust.
So, the number one change to be made is to add “In God we trust” to the masthead of the paper. You can see the volley of comments this brought to their blog.
The following day, son Gordon, added this:
The biggest imprint that my father and I can have on this newspaper will not come on the news page, but on our opinion page.
Gordon goes on to spell out that they want to bring “more conservative” opinions and columnists to the Trib.
Interestingly, the Robinsons haven’t used words like “fair,” “balanced,” or “objective” in telling us their new plans for teh local paper. Rather, they ahve imblazened their trust in God on page 1, and promised to make the paper more conservative.
There are all kinds of perspectives on adding “In God we trust” to things. Honestly, when I see these words, I cannot help but wonder in which god it is trust is put. The motto was added to U.S. coins primarily “because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War.”
Could the Robinson’s be detecting increased religious sentiment among the readership of the Trib?