Big news report card: Hobby Lobby and contraceptives

One of the big misconceptions about the Hobby Lobby case (with apologies to Conestoga Wood Specialties) is that the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts retailer refuses to pay for employees’ contraceptive coverage. Alas, the National Review notes: Hobby Lobby’s health care plan … includes access, copay-free, to the following categories of FDA-approved birth-control: Male condoms Female condoms Diaphragms with [Read More...]

AP’s one-sided report on teaching Bible in public schools

Gotcha! That’s the distinct tone of an Associated Press story out this week (just three weeks behind Religion News Service) on a new Bible elective approved by an Oklahoma school district. But does this AP story, filled with much weeping and gnashing of teeth, deliver the actual journalistic goods? Why don’t you help me decide, inquiring-mind [Read More...]

To the barricades! It’s the religious conservatives again!

The reliably liberal New York Times has waved yet another red flag, thinly masked as in-depth news, on the traditional-religious bigots who disagree with its morality — even daring to pass contrary laws. This time, Ground Zero is Arizona, which is considering a bill to allow businesses to choose whom they serve. Never, in this [Read More...]

Pod people: Local vs. national press on religious liberty

Proposed religious liberty exemptions for wedding vendors — such as bakers, florists and photographers — opposed to same-sex marriage keep making headlines. Here at GetReligion, we’ve highlighted recent media coverage of a ballot initiative in Oregon and legislation in Kansas (where the Senate, for now, has killed a controversial measure). The Tennessean reported this week on [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...]

So, what do Southern Baptists have to do to get some ink?

A couple of years ago the Southern Baptist Convention explored the option of changing their name to better reflect the national and international nature of the denomination. I thought at the time that it might be helpful to change the name to the “The Episcopal Church” so that the national news media would finally acknowledge [Read More...]

Sydney Morning Herald has a problem with religious freedom

It is only two weeks into the new year, but I believe we may have a winner in the worst newspaper article of 2013 contest. A Sydney Morning Herald story entitled “Anti-gay rights to stay” is so awful, I am just about at a loss for words. Were I to say this story was anti-Christian, [Read More...]

Got news? Judge ‘mocks’ Obama’s religious-liberty move

The most control the media have in the news process is determining what stories get hyped and which get hidden, which get a ton of coverage and which get downplayed. A week or so ago, I read on the editorial page of the Washington Examiner about a rather juicy ruling by a U.S. district court [Read More...]


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