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What Media Got Wrong About Supposed Christian Self-Immolation

May 17th, 2024 | 9 min read

By Noah Diekemper

Late in February, an active-duty US Air Force airman set fire to himself outside of Israel’s embassy in Washington, DC; afterwards, some journalists rushed to try and provide historical context for the practice of “self-immolation.” Time magazine, for example, published a story on “The History of Self-Immolation as Political Protest,” tracing its roots back into antiquity. Unfortunately for Time, they got the history factually wrong. The subsequent chain of events, where online outcry prompted one band-aid of a revision after another, deserves to be traced and recorded.

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Noah Diekemper

Noah Diekemper is a graduate of Hillsdale College and Loyola University in Maryland. His writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Examiner, Intercollegiate Review, the Federalist, and Life Site News.