The missing majority (again)

Yesterday I pointed out the Los Angeles Times‘ rather incomplete survey of “liberal and conservative congregations” on the issue of same-sex marriage. Seventy-five percent of the religious figures who took a position in the article were exuberant about the recent California Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. This week the Washington Post/Newsweek [Read More...]

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Return of the creepy traditionalists

Allow me to jump in with a quick post about the reactions to yesterday’s “Are faithful dads creepy or what?” Once again, here is the end of the New York Times report about Randy and Lisa Wilson and the other families involved in the “Purity Ball” in Colorado Springs, Colo. If most teenage girls would [Read More...]

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Evangelicals in the mist

Eight years ago, more than 60 percent of California voters banned same sex marriage. It was this majority vote that was overturned by the California Supreme Court. So I like the basic idea behind Susannah Rosenblatt’s story for the Los Angeles Times. She wrote about some people who believe that marriage should be limited to [Read More...]

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When Anonymous attacks

A journalist who strives to practice the discipline of balanced, objective reporting never has an easy task. Inserting religion into the job description only makes things more difficult. See here what washingtonpost.com/Newsweek On Faith columnist Claire Hoffman had to say about the subject a week ago: I’ve been writing this blog for four months now [Read More...]

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Nominee for ’08 worst headline

Several GetReligion readers sent in the same story the other day, primarily to mock the headline. It’s a doozie. But, here’s the interesting part. Several different news agencies messed up the headline in precisely the same way. It’s both sad and amazing. Thus, we want to know if anyone out there (the truth is out [Read More...]

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Multiple Choice Answers

Last February we looked at an intriguing First Amendment story in the Tacoma News Tribune. Reporter Ian Demsky looked at the fallout from a Washington State Department of Corrections settlement decision that gives inmates the right to adhere to two religions at the same time. One priest in particular took a voluntary leave of absence [Read More...]

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Listening for questions in the weeping

It’s a saying that I have heard repeated time and time again by people who study China or work there on issues of human rights: Anything that you want to say about religion in China is true, somewhere in China. You want persecution of minority religions? Check. You want look-the-other-way toleration of minority religious groups? [Read More...]

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The clergyman’s sons and daughters

Everyone knows that few Christians in Britain worship regularly. But The London Times revealed the severity of this trend. As Ruth Gledhill reported, Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation, research published today suggests. The fall — from [Read More...]

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