There goes the F-word LA Times, again

Let’s start with the obvious: There were more than a few believers who could accurately be described as “fundamentalists” at the Gov. Rick Parry’s combination prayer rally and pre-White House campaign trial balloon festival. Let’s start with something just as obvious: There were plenty of people at the rally (simply based on the official list [Read More...]

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Skirting at edges of faith

I love to read stories about real people. Even better, stories about people who hit rock bottom and find their way out of the pit appeal to me. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram had just such a story over the weekend — filled with color, emotion and drama, not to mention s-e-x. The top of the 1,200-word [Read More...]

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Scribe with big feet joins GetReligion

The powers that be tell me that I must introduce myself as the new GetReligionista. Where to start? My name is Jay Grelen and, while I am not a religion-beat specialist, I may be the only reporter in the history of the journalism racket who has been ordered by a newspaper editor to put more [Read More...]

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Franklin Graham ‘experts,’ singular

The following post is not really about Franklin Graham and his upcoming festival targeting Latinos in the greater Los Angeles area. I mean, in a way it is. That’s kind of the subject. But it’s not really the journalistic subject that interests me in this here Los Angeles Times report, which almost certainly was butchered [Read More...]

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Gay rights, religious liberty and silence

On Friday night, the New York legislature voted to give same-sex couples the right to marry. This will certainly produce interesting journalism in the days to come, but let’s look at some of the stories that had religion angles. First off, if you’re interested in learning what the law itself says about religion, head over [Read More...]

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Baptists’ hot time in Phoenix

Unlike Rob Bell, Southern Baptists believe in hell. In related news (kidding), the denomination this week staged its annual meeting in a frying pan. A year ago in this space, we lamented (and again here) the lack of mainstream media coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2010 meeting in Orlando, Fla.: Once upon a time, the [Read More...]

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Noticing those interim ministers

Back in my days as a full-time reporter on the religion beat, I had my share of arguments with editors in which I attempted to convince them that (a) worship attendance is much higher among their readers (and former readers) than among newsroom personnel and (b) that religious people care deeply about seemingly ordinary issues [Read More...]

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Dear Mohler: Welcome to Weinergate

I’ve heard that a comedian can make a whole career in Hollywood out of wiener jokes. I wonder if the same could be said for the media and Weiner jokes. This post from Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today, however, is not so much about what U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner did, but about what the [Read More...]

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