Yay! Dallas paper examines heart and soul

It’s becoming clear that The Dallas Morning News has no regard for the F-word. Faith, that is. I made that statement last month after the Texas newspaper allowed holy ghosts to haunt yet another major profile. But I come today not to bury the Morning News, but to praise it: Apparently, somebody at the highest echelon of that [Read More...]

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About God and that best/frequent/satisfying sex report …

Every now and then, reseachers/activists in a think tank somewhere pull out a major study from the past, compare its data with that in similar studies and then announce a few specific conclusions in a press conference. Most of the time they are fishing for headlines and sound bites. All kinds of groups do this, [Read More...]

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Is the ‘New Evangelization’ a laughing matter?

In America there are two career fields that have a disproportionate number of agnostics and atheists: scientists and stand-up comedians. At least that’s my impression. While surveys confirm that four-in-ten scientists (41 percent) say they do not believe in God or a higher power, the data on comedians is anecdotal and based entirely on my [Read More...]

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At WPost, even local abortion crime isn’t newsworthy

On May 25, I tweeted out the image at the top of this post with the note “WaPo story about 12 of 16 surgical abortion clinics in MD having a variety of failures gets this headline?” The headline was: Md. abortion clinic lapses unrelated to patient death The online headline might as well have been [Read More...]

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Normalizing nihilism: Euthanasia and the Daily Mirror

A story in Thursday’s Daily Mirror about the first English patient suffering from dementia to have traveled to the Dignitas clinic in Zurich to kill himself by physician assisted suicide has prompted several “me too” stories in the British press. On Friday the Telegraph, Independent, BBC, Daily Mail and Times  followed the Daily Mirror’s lead and reported that an 83 year old man with [Read More...]

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Protip: Immaculate Conception is not the Virgin Birth

Did you hear about the anteater that conceived a baby even though she had no male mate around? I mean, she had a mate, but he was removed from her area longer than the six months required to gestate a baby anteater. Theories for how this miracle happened include the very non-miraculous idea that the [Read More...]

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Pod people: Define ‘fetus’ and give three examples

The first question I faced, in this week’s “Crossroads” interview, sounded relatively simple: Why did journalists struggle to use the word “fetus” accurately when covering the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell? Like or not, I have had to pay a lot of attention to this issue in recent weeks. For those who have been off [Read More...]

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Death penalty in Cleveland horrors? Wait, who died?

Once again, let’s turn to the dictionary and that tricky word “fetus,” which has through the decades been at the heart of so many bitter newsroom arguments about abortion, morality, religion, science and law. fe·tus … pl. fe·tus·es … 2. In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to [Read More...]

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