Migrant children crossing the border: the religion angle

Amid the ongoing headlines – mostly political – over the thousands of migrant children crossing illegally into the United States, I’ve been pleased to come across some excellent reports on the religion angle. New York Times national religion reporter Michael Paulson produced a thorough overview of U.S. religious leaders embracing the cause of immigrant children: After protesters [Read More…]

Immigration: Its not just Eric Cantor’s problem anymore

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter: Sure, if the other man is an idiot. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Bin Laden a freedom fighter? Jonah Goldberg, The Tyranny of Clichés (2012) Immigration is the issue of the moment in the United States following Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat this week. But the U.S. [Read More…]

Evangelicals and immigration: Real data, real voices

A quick review before I get to the point of this post: • Back in January, I complained that CNN failed to provide any hard data to back up a breathless, one-sided report of “many” evangelicals warming to the need for immigration reform. • In February, I complained that a similarly vague Tampa Bay Times story [Read More…]

Putting a human face on illegal immigration

Get Religion crickets, prepare to chirp. You guessed it: I’m going to write about media coverage of evangelicals and immigration reform. Again To read my previous posts, click here, here, here and here. My basic complaint in each of those posts: broad generalizations about a complicated issue. More than once, I have voiced my desire to see a reporter [Read More…]

In a twist, vague evangelicals all oppose immigration reform

Stop me if I sound like a broken record. Once or twice or maybe even three times, I’ve complained about major media reporting that the nation’s evangelicals — all acting in lockstep — have jumped on an immigration reform bandwagon. My concern about these stories has been purely journalistic: a lack of adequate reporting and sourcing to back [Read More…]

More vague evangelicals jump on immigration bandwagon

Last week, I complained about a front-page Tampa Bay Times story filled with broad generalizations about vague evangelicals advocating immigration reform. This, of course, wasn’t the first time I raised concerns about media treatment of this subject. Unfortunately, The Dallas Morning News did not get my memo. The Texas newspaper — duplicating the sketchy Florida report [Read More…]

Definition, please: Who are these evangelicals?

The Tampa Bay Times broke big news on its front page the other day. According to the Florida newspaper, there are 100 million evangelicals in the United States. Amazingly, all of them have decided to support immigration reform. Who knew evangelicals were so like-minded and all willing to follow the same unnamed leaders? But I [Read More…]

On immigration reform, ‘many’ evangelicals all think alike

On a chilly morning last January, I got up before the sun rose and joined a Chicago-area preacher in his church van. We drove to a regional deportation center where volunteers minister to illegal immigrants’ relatives before their shackled loved ones are taken to O’Hare International Airport for flights to the U.S. border. I described [Read More…]