Obama erases the ‘scare quotes’ around religious freedom?

In recent years, there has been quite a bit of discussion at GetReligion about the ways in which mainstream journalists use “scare quotes” as a way to suggest which causes they see as questionable, as opposed to social, political, cultural or religious causes that they believe are serious concerns. Consider, for example, the terms “religious [Read More...]

Southern Baptists on the downhill slide?

This just in from The Associated Press: Southern Baptists are having a tough time. But it’s not what you might think. Instead of declining membership and baptisms, the big worry for Southern Baptists appears to be — you guessed it — a weakening influence in American partisan politics: NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A decade ago, the Southern [Read More...]

Dr. Ben Carson’s faith makes news, this time

Every now and then, the newspaper that lands in my front yard runs a story about one of the most famous and, for many, most inspirational men currently alive and well and working in Baltimore. No, this is not another post about coverage of the theological insights of Ray “God’s linebacker” Lewis of the world [Read More...]

Digging for news in (some) inauguration rites and wrongs

Few paid much attention when a well-known liberal Episcopal priest, the Rev. Luis Leon, delivered the invocation at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush, a somewhat traditional United Methodist. The goal, apparently, was to have a range of religious leaders take part even if their own political and theological views did not match [Read More...]

BBC misses religious-liberty ghost in St. Francisville, La.

Through the years, your GetReligionistas have gone out of our way to note that it’s a good thing, every now and then, for journalists to end up on the other side of a reporter’s notebook or camera lens. This can be a sobering experience, in large part because it helps us realize the kinds of [Read More...]

Got news? White House vs. Little Sisters of the Poor

From coast to coast, the lawyers of religious groups and charities can almost quote the following legal language by heart. This is, of course, linked to the strange — from a church-state separation perspective — Health and Human Services mandate that attempts to create two different levels of religious liberty in the United States. Group [Read More...]

When Obama didn’t ‘presume to know’ Creation details

Yesterday I wrote a jeremiad against the media’s curiously inconsistent approach to science. The hook was the media outrage over Sen. Marco Rubio’s comments (in the middle of a fluffy GQ interview about rap music) equivocating on the age of the earth. I didn’t have a beef with the question so much as the larger [Read More...]

Marco Rubio and the media’s curiously inconsistent approach to science

I wonder if any of our readers have read Thomas Nagel’s new book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. I’ve been reading the reviews and they’re fascinating. The New Republic review says Nagel, a devout atheist, has “performed an important service with his withering critical examination of [Read More...]


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