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July 23, 2014
La Nación on soccer and Protestantism in Brazil
Sitting in my "guilt file" of stories I should be covering -- but have not...
July 22, 2014
Pod people: Are all political liberals also on moral left?
Every now and then, Issues, Etc., host Todd Wilken take and I off in one...
July 18, 2014
Changing climate — of church views on the environment
USA Today has been eroding its standard of short, shallow stories. And for a complex...
July 03, 2014
Attention editors: Is there a ‘Little Sisters’ case in your area?
While the post-Hobby Lobby meltdown continues on the cultural and journalistic left -- this New...
May 23, 2014
Specific notes of hope, along with the horrors in Nigeria
I don't want to turn this into a trend, or anything. Heaven forbid. However, the...
May 13, 2014
What rights should parents of gay children have in Maryland?
Here we go again. The Baltimore Sun -- the newspaper that lands in my front...
April 25, 2014
AP sticks it to Mississippi religious freedom law
Earlier this month, I wrote a post titled "Via AP, a tasty piece on a same-sex...
April 06, 2014
Pentecostal gap in that LATimes immigration reform story
There was an important interfaith gathering the other day in Los Angeles that allowed some...
March 28, 2014
World Vision, donors, scripture and ‘online speculation’
It took a few days, but the newspaper of record has now produced a solid...
March 25, 2014
Baltimore Sun prints a plug for ‘meditation’ — one form of it
Long ago, I worked in for a newspaper that published a large, large feature story...
March 13, 2014
Concerning all those angry white married men in pews
It's mid-term election time, which means that it's time, once again, for the mainstream press...
February 26, 2014
Got news? A Baptist emerges as acting president of Ukraine
The news rolls on in Ukraine, with leaders of the opposition attempting to get some...
January 14, 2014
NYTimes late to the story on ‘Women at the Pulpit’
Proving that when there isn't really news, one can perhaps manufacture some, The New York Times...
December 22, 2013
There’s that Baltimore Ravens faith ghost — again
The Baltimore Ravens have been playing some really, really wild football games in recent weeks,...
December 21, 2013
That oh-so-predictable CNN article on ducks and doctrine
So color me confused. At the moment, CNN is hailing this article -- "Does Phil...
October 15, 2013
Chuck Smith, fundamentalism and (yes) the AP stylebook
Readers who have been following this weblog through the years are probably familiar with the...
October 08, 2013
Zen Pastor Mariano Rivera and his vague, comforting karma
Lat's state the obvious: It's getting harder and harder for news consumers to figure out...
September 04, 2013
Hey AP: Where is religious left on religious liberty issues?
A long, long time ago, 1998 to be precise, I wrote a column marking the...
August 22, 2013
The heroism of Antoinette Tuff
A reader sent along a link to a story about an amazing woman who talked...
August 19, 2013
Missing half of America’s changing ecumenical landscape
A long, long, long time ago I covered a press conference featuring leaders of the...
July 25, 2013
Hearing Francis through the ears of politics
We believe only what we want to believe, George Orwell observed in 1945. "So far...
July 19, 2013
The AP discovers the Christian hipster pastor
Does your pastor wear v-neck shirts, have tattoos on both forearms, and ride a fixed-gear...
June 20, 2013
What about those prayers for Dwyane Wade’s pains?
Greetings, GetReligion sports fans. Anyone who has been following the news lately knows that the...
June 09, 2013
Tintin and the Catholic Charismatics
The story so far ... Intrepid reporter Tintin, accompanied by his faithful fox terrier Snowy, has...
May 23, 2013
Pope Francis’ ‘obsession’ with the devil
It's kind of charming that all popes have to deal with bad media coverage and...
May 04, 2013
Beware of creepy, crooked, cash-flush Pentecostals
Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare; Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te....
April 10, 2013
Memory eternal: The faith and times of McCandlish Phillips
If you wanted to know who John McCandlish Phillips was, as a New York Times...
April 02, 2013
God and Allah at an Easter service shooting
A church in Ashtabula, Ohio, was the scene of a shooting on Easter Sunday. Just...
February 08, 2013
Puff piece on Office of Faith-based Partnerships
The New York Times has published a letter of reference for the Rev. Joshua DuBois,...
January 31, 2013
Megan Fox, glossolalia and AP Style (you read that right)
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law is a lot of things and...
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