Seeking the sympathetic critics of Bob Jones University

As any journalist knows, institutions — secular or religious — do not like to talk about their failures, let alone their sins. Often this is caused by their lawyers who are anxious to head off lawsuits or to protect their client’s rights when conflicts take place. When this approach is applied to media relations, the [Read More...]

Remember to substantiate charges

The International Business Times sure has a scoop. Headline: Conclave 2013: Pope Benedict XVI ‘Did Nothing’ to Stop Paedophile Priest Nello Giraudo The headline phrasing makes it seem like the conclave decided that Pope Benedict XVI “did nothing” to stop a pedophile priest. Or at least someone said he “did nothing” to stop a bad [Read More...]

Westernized Zen and the art of hiding sexual abuse

So many details will sound terribly familiar. At the heart of the news story is a powerful religious patriarch, surrounded by disciples who view him with a reverence that helps support an iron-clad climate of silence and secrecy. In this case, however, the leader is Joshu Sasaki Roshi, one of the most famous Zen Buddhist [Read More...]

The Southern Baptists’ scarlet ‘A’

Let’s say your church’s pastor is accused of molesting at least four teenage girls. Let’s say your local congregation decides to keep the pastor in the pulpit while depending on the court system to sort out the accusations. Let’s assume that the newspaper story about your church will not be pretty. Neither should it be, [Read More...]


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