Hey Bible Belt believer: Why do YOU persecute atheists?

Confession: I live in the Bible Belt. Even worse, I’m a — gulp — conservative Christian. But here’s the good news: I haven’t persecuted any atheists today! Of course, it’s still early, and I haven’t left my house yet. There’s still time for me to track down a nonbeliever, give ‘em hell and chase ‘em [Read More...]

Worst religion story of the year? AP trashes Phil Robertson

Sigh…no context, just a quick Associated Press gotcha blurb.  Yep, that reader’s email to GetReligion pretty much sums up an atrocious, 135-word piece of AP “journalism” on Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame. The headline: New anti-gay remarks by ‘Duck Dynasty’ star emerge The lede: NEW YORK (AP) — A&E has declined to comment on [Read More...]

No ghosts in WSJ’s thorough report on Nigerian bombings

Last week, I criticized a front-page Wall Street Journal profile of a Nigerian terror group leader. The otherwise enlightening report missed a key element in the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls — the Christian faith of the vast majority of them. This week, the same Journal correspondent covered the bombings that killed more than 100 [Read More...]

Forget Genesis: Adam and Eve make NYTimes front page

From the Bible’s Genesis account of creation: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for [Read More...]

Baptists ‘unofficially’ changing doctrine on homosexuality?

Southern Baptist leaders are seeking a “softer approach on homosexuality,” reports National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” While noting that “the country’s largest protestant (sic) group … still preaches that marriage can only be between one man and one woman,” NPR points to a recent, vaguely identified meeting of pastors to back up its headline: The Southern Baptist [Read More...]

WPost profiles ‘evangelical Catholic’ Bobby Jindal

I know this will shock — SHOCK! — you, but your friendly GetReligionistas don’t agree on everything. Those of us who contribute to this journalism website have a tremendous amount of freedom to pick the stories that we critique. But frequently, editor tmatt pushes potential items our way. And in rare cases, he even proposes [Read More...]

How much religion news can fit in 300-500 words?

Given your short attention span, I’ll make this brief. And I’ll get right to the point: For once, The Associated Press is making news instead of reporting it. Here’s the story as reported by The Washington Post: Citing a “sea of bloated mid-level copy,” Associated Press Managing Editor for U.S. News Brian Carovillano last week instructed [Read More...]

WSJ profiles Nigerian terrorist with no mention of ‘Christians’

Is there a religion angle on the heartbreaking story of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls? Of course there is, as GetReligion has made clear in previous posts, including tmatt’s insightful analysis titled “So #bringbackourgirls is finally a news story! Why now?” From that post: The bottom line: The girls were taken from Chibok Government Girls Secondary School [Read More...]


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