We don’t need no religion education, or do we?

I’m on the road this week, sunburned and tuckered out. So rather than do a normal GetReligion critique, I’m going to ask a couple of journalism questions that are related to what we do here. First question: Do you know any journalists who could benefit from advanced study of religion? If so, I have terrific [Read More...]

Ahhh … a balanced article on religion … thanks, David

After carving apart so many journalism-challenged articles, it’s nice to be able to throw laurels every now and then. This one — a whole bouquet, actually — goes to David Van Biema of Religion News Service for his thorough, balanced article on the newest project of the Green family: a Bible course to be taught [Read More...]

All the experts say evolution story lacks WHAT!?

Define terms. Identify sources. The best journalism recognizes the importance of doing both — particularly on complicated and controversial subject matters. On the other hand, the Austin American-Statesman embraces neither concept in a news story reporting that “critics” say students are being taught creationism in two public high schools. Let’s start at the top: A charter-school [Read More...]

NYTimes mostly ‘gets it’ on German schools and Islam

A few days ago, George Conger took to this space to “bury” The New York Times for suddenly noticing the rise of Calvinism in unlikely Protestant venues, such as (Southern) Baptist churches. Today, I’d like to congratulate the Times for, mostly, “getting it” when it comes to Germany’s public schools and religious instruction, in this case about [Read More...]

NYTimes offers tales of two very different Christian colleges

The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana, has had a reputation as one of the toughest places for criminals to do time in this country. If you go in, and the crime is serious enough, you’re not likely to come out. For years, decades even, the prison was a hotbed of violence and strife. While [Read More...]

WPost: Virginia law highlights stupidity of home-schooling

This is the headline that ran on a 2,500-word Washington Post story Sunday: Student’s home-schooling highlights debate over Va. religious-exemption law But this headline would have described the Post’s hit piece much more accurately: Va. religious-exemption law highlights stupidity of home-schooling This is GetReligion, and generally, I’d focus on how adequately — or not — the [Read More...]

Religion ghost in school voucher story?

School vouchers aren’t exactly a new concept. In my education reporting days — before I ascended to Godbeat heaven — I covered the Oklahoma City school system for The Oklahoman. In a front-page Sunday story in 1999, I highlighted the opposing viewpoints in Oklahoma at that time: In a nation that cherishes separation of church [Read More...]


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