With NPR running a great series this week on those who have lost their religion, CNN dove into the fray with an i-Report entitled “Why I Raise My Children Without God“. It is a straight-forward, no-holds barred report by “a mother of two teenagers in Texas, [who] blogs about raising her children without religion.” The post has headings like “God is bad parent and role model” and “God is not Logical”.
This particular i-Report has hit a nerve and is off the charts in terms of responses. At this point, there have been 579,399 page views, 36,457 recommendations on Facebook, and 7,344 comments. The funniest part is that several times today, the page was covered with a large box saying that it might be inappropriate and is being reviewed.
As a result, CNN has added this update:
Update: CNN hasn’t flagged this iReport as inappropriate, but some community members have. This is a divisive topic, however it does not violate our Community Guidelines, so we ask people to please stop flagging it. We will continue to review the story as often as possible.
– dsashin, CNN iReport producer
You just have to shake your head and wonder …