Asking the Boy Scout questions that matter the most

If you know anything about the politics of gay rights, you know that there is absolutely nothing that the Boy Scouts of American can do right now that will not lead to major divisions in their organization. The key force that will cause a future split is, of course, the deep divide among mainstream religious [Read More...]

Pod people: Ghosts and crickets in Jason Collins coverage

I spent much of last week in Malibu, Calif., hanging out with the stars. Actually, I was speaking at an event at Pepperdine University, but I wore dark sunglasses and did my best to avoid the paparazzi — just in case the tabloid press ever takes a sudden interest in GetReligionistas. While buying deodorant at [Read More...]

So, does LA need a ‘conservative’ newspaper or not?

Time for a quick trip into tmatt’s infamous GetReligion file of guilt. You just know that plenty of GetReligion readers are going to send us emails about an essay — in this case, from The Week — that runs with the following headline: Why newspapers need to hire more Christians For starters, it would help [Read More...]

The Broussard brouhaha and why context matters

Context matters. Take the brouhaha that has brewed over comments ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard made concerning basketball player Jason Collins publicly coming out as gay. From USA Today to the Los Angeles Times, major media latched on to Broussard’s comments concerning his personal Christian beliefs on homosexuality. Chris Broussard usually offers expertise on fast breaks and [Read More...]

Bill Keller, et al, openly confess that “error has no rights”

As the debates rage on about you know what — Washington. Post. Ombudsman. Bias. Column. — I would like to jump in remind faithful GetReligion readers of an earlier episode in this post-journalism drama. I’ll also share another link or two pointing toward pieces in which journalists are discussing some of the prickly issues in [Read More...]

Pod people: Boy Scout leak and grassroots sourcing

I’ve done a couple of posts (here and here) on the Boy Scouts of America’s consideration of lifting its ban on openly gay members and adult leaders. The New York Times reported today on a new development: A leak from inside the Boy Scouts of America last month about discussions on possibly ending the group’s national ban [Read More...]

Boy Scouts, Mormons and CNN’s tabloid-style ‘reporting’

Let’s face it: Most of the mainstream media coverage of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to delay a vote on possibly accepting gay Scouts and adult leaders was pretty ho-hum. Here’s how The New York Times boiled down Wednesday’s development in a 65-word lede (sorry, I could not resist counting): The Boy Scouts of America, which [Read More...]

Gays, Boy Scouts and the religion angle

I’ve been swamped with my regular job the last few days, so I have not had as much time as usual to peruse religion headlines. However, news that the Boy Scouts of America may drop its ban on gays has been impossible to miss. The Associated Press has a rapid-fire second-day story that includes input [Read More...]


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