The anti-Semitic focus of French terrorism

You may recall media coverage regarding a kosher market in a suburb of Paris that was bombed last month. There’s been a development in the case. Here’s the New York Times piece “French Investigators Find Bomb-Making Materials“: French police officers investigating a group of young Islamic radicals have uncovered bomb-making materials and weapons, the Paris [Read More…]

Man plots to blow up 48 Oklahoma churches

Frequently when we read stories about lone wolf terrorist attacks, there’s the specter of mental illness. And this week’s story about a man held in a plot to bomb 48 churches in Oklahoma is no exception. Here’s how the Chicago Tribune put it: By the time Gregory Weiler II was in his late teens, his [Read More…]

About that Archbishop Nienstedt conversion quote (updated)

It’s time for another update from the “framing religion as politics” beat, care of The Star Tribune, up in Minnesota. This latest same-sex marriage story is pretty standard fare — Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt keeps talking about doctrine, the newspaper frames everything as political ambition — except for two paragraphs that raise interesting questions. [Read More…]

Some religious denigration is better than others

Back when the Obama administration was still claiming that they believed the assassination of the United States ambassador to Libya was in response to a YouTube video, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to [Read More…]

Get hexed? From our ‘no comment’ department

Let me be honest with you. I am not sure how to start this post. After all, I could simply say “click here” and send GetReligion readers to the Washington City Paper item in question and that would be that. In fact, I think I’ll do that in a minute. But I honestly think there [Read More…]

Replacement referee goes to church. But which church?

A reader brought to our attention an interview of replacement referee Lance Easley by James Brown on yesterday’s NFL Today show on CBS. I’m a fan of JB’s interviewing style and he packed quite a bit into the seven or eight minute sit-down. Easley is the referee who made the controversial touchdown call at the [Read More…]

Got news? ‘Pro-choice terrorist’ pleads guilty

Among the many tragedies of the polarization over abortion is the fringe figures on both sides who resort to violence or are at risk of resorting to violence. They are not large in number but they do exist. The news media tend to cover the violence or violent figures differently depending on which side of [Read More…]

Boundaries on reporting on religion and politics

Yesterday I told you about the pre-conference to the Religion Newswriters Association annual conference being held over the next few days here in the Washington, D.C. area. Because the speakers were all situated on one side of the aisle, more or less, I mentioned that the pre-conference is organized independently of RNA. But the best [Read More…]