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July 25, 2014
Islam, ISIS and the FGM fatwa
Reporting from the front lines of the Middle East conflicts be a parlous experience if...
July 22, 2014
The Mosul purge: How good is the media coverage?
The purge of Christians from Mosul in northern Iraq -- home to thriving Christian communities...
July 01, 2014
Middle East stories: The territory includes religion
Terrorists may have declared a new Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, but coverage of...
June 28, 2014
The Guardian on Islam and female genital mutilation
The Guardian reports that Britain's largest Muslim organization, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), has...
June 24, 2014
Journalists covering Iraq, please learn this word — ‘dhimmi’
Like it or not, journalists and editors who are handling coverage of events in Iraq...
June 18, 2014
Christians attacked in Iraq: Media finally paying attention
Finally, someone notices that Christians are suffering and dying in the Middle East. With few...
June 17, 2014
Jihadists in Iraq: NYTimes reporting gets it right
After calling out the New York Times for misreporting several stories, I'm tempted to say...
June 13, 2014
To be ‘killed, crucified or have their hands and feet cut off’ …
At this point in the growing Iraq crisis, I think it is safe to say...
June 12, 2014
NYTimes: Waves of generic refugees run for their lives in Iraq
The news from Iraq grows more and more distressing, at least for those who favor...
June 10, 2014
What? You thought Francis, Peres and Abbas really prayed?
Let's state this in journalistic terms. What? You thought that the mainstream journalists covering the...
June 09, 2014
Which religions favor separation of church and state?
LISA ASKS: Do all religions teach separation between church and state? If not, which...
June 06, 2014
As usual, good Francis and bad Benedict at the BBC
The honeymoon continues for Pope Francis and the press. Coverage of the pope's trip to...
June 06, 2014
American suicide bomber: WPost flounders on his beliefs
Yet another horrific facet was added to the civil war in Syria with the recent...
May 29, 2014
What language did Jesus speak? The Tablet knows
So, did the pope and Israel's prime minister have a rancorous exchange in Jerusalem over...
May 26, 2014
What was the ‘real’ reason Francis made this pilgrimage?
It's time, once again, to face the obvious. There is no subject in the world...
May 23, 2014
The pope and the Palestinians: AP tries balanced reporting
As Pope Francis prepares to visit the Holy Land this weekend, the Associated Press takes...
May 22, 2014
NPR asks Vatican experts to discuss hopes of the Orthodox
Try to imagine a story about crucial, tense talks between Democrats and Republicans that only...
May 21, 2014
WPost probes hot debate on the banks of River Jordan
I have crossed the Jordan River twice in my life and both times the experience...
May 19, 2014
How to ‘make sense’ of a Muslim ‘atrocity’?
MICHAEL’S QUESTION: As a “religious pluralist,” Michael needs to “somehow make sense of the seemingly...
May 16, 2014
Reuters: On apostasy and the death penalty in Islam
A 27-year-old woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, has been sentenced to death for the crime of...
April 24, 2014
Assad’s Easter and mysterious attacks on Syrian Christians
Why are Syrian Christians being targeted by Islamist rebels? The Western press cannot agree on...
April 14, 2014
For the Times, Ayaan Hirsi Ali controversy has only one side
Brandeis University offered an honorary degree to a controversial speaker, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, then withdrew...
March 12, 2014
Good news: Generic nuns released in Syria!
For three months now, members of my parish just south of Baltimore have been praying...
March 12, 2014
Concerning that gathering called by the Ecumenical Patriarch
"Journalism is the first rough draft of history," according to a famous quote by publisher...
March 03, 2014
The latest Bible ruckus: Oh those camels!
KENNETH ASKS: With new research questioning the Bible’s report that domesticated camels existed as early...
March 03, 2014
Sharp reporting exposes anti-Israel PCUSA study
I once made a Presbyterian leader sputter. Didn’t mean to. I just asked a question...
February 27, 2014
Wait a minute: First EVER married Maronite Catholic priest?
Several years ago, while working on my contribution to the book "Blind Spot: When Journalists...
February 15, 2014
Camels and tigers and bears, oh my!
The silly season is early this year. With editors and most top-tier reporters away in...
January 19, 2014
On the cautious use of loaded terms such as ‘messianism’
So let's try this again. The other day I wrote about a news report that...
January 15, 2014
Whoa! Was John Kerry being too messianic or Messianic?
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