Those pesky religious details in Palestinian-Israel conflict

I’m no expert on the fighting in the Gaza Strip. In fact, I’m typing this post with trepidation — hoping not to say something entirely stupid (yes, that’s a weekend softball for all my snarky friends). But seriously, I offer the above caveat before critiquing a front-page story in today’s Houston Chronicle on dueling rallies by [Read More...]

UCLA study literally tries to sell gay marriage in Texas

Help gays marry and boost the economy: That’s one of the newest pitches in gay rights circles. A new story in Houston Chronicle says legalizing same-sex marriage could boost state income by $180 million over three years. The thorny issues are explored in this reprint from the Texas Tribune, a non-profit journalistic think tank. The [Read More...]

Mea culpa: Houston, this time the problem was me

I screwed up. In a post Tuesday, I reported wrongly that the Houston Chronicle managed only 262 words of coverage on a major religion story in its own city — the narrow decision by the First Presbyterian Church of Houston to remain in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). “A glorified news brief,” I disparagingly referred to it. In [Read More...]

Houston, we have a Presbyterian ‘evangelist’ problem (correction)

Correction: The Houston Chronicle’s coverage was much more extensive than reported below. Read our apology to the Chronicle and senior reporter Mike Tolson. In her recent “State of the Godbeat 2014″ report for GetReligion, Julia Duin noted that the Houston Chronicle once had two full-time religion writers. These days, that big Texas paper has one [Read More...]