Pod people: Presby-speak again

The meaningless drivel that passes for public language these days was the major theme of my chat last week with Todd Wilken, the host of Issues, Etc.  In our conversation broadcast on 24 May 2013, Todd and I discussed my article “Scotland the confused: Did Presbyterians back gay clergy?”, posted at GetReligion and talked about all that double-talk. I led off my [Read More...]

Why can’t press get religion, when covering black churches?

Let’s face it. The mainstream press really struggles when trying to cover life in African-American churches. On one level, black churches are treated like giant political institutions that — in a city like Baltimore — speak for a crucial segment of the voting public. There is some truth in that view. Any student of American [Read More...]

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame’s ‘damn Catholics’

Earlier this week, I saw someone tweet something about how the Republican Party “should never write off any block of voters. It’s horrible politics and it causes great damage.” I retweeted it with the note “Except Methodists.” For some reason, I’ve long thought it funny to pretend I have something against Methodists. When I first [Read More...]

The big questions facing that out gay Catholic priest

It is my experience, through my decades on the religion beat, that liberal Catholics genuinely love talking to mainstream news reporters. That said, I have also observed — click here for a classic example — that liberal Catholics, especially if they are wearing collars or have the word “sister” in front of their names, do [Read More...]

German cardinal found guilty of being pro-natalist

One of the most common fallacies of our age is the assumption that simply because we prefer a certain set of social policies they must therefore be compatible. For example, I like donuts and wish they were free. But I also like the people who make the donuts and want them to be able to [Read More...]

Media coverage of religious profiling

So tmatt has us all doing this experiment of reading a daily paper. I haven’t subscribed to a newspaper in a very long time. I used to get both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. Fifteen years and 2,000 miles later, I get the Washington Post. The thing that has struck me the [Read More...]

God and faith in Oklahoma tornado coverage

In my first-person account of the Moore, Okla., tornado last week, I predicted that the faith and resiliency of the state’s residents would be a major theme in media coverage. Sure enough, it has been. I saw the devastation for the first time Sunday when I made my way to that side of Oklahoma City to [Read More...]

Hanging out with Sheryl Crow and her kids — where?

While I have not lived in Nashville (yet), I have spent a lot of time there and know quite a bit about the town. Thus, I really enjoyed the new Associated Press feature about rocker Sheryl Crow‘s decision to move — as in pack up her life and really move — to Guitar Town and [Read More...]


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