Another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story

Case closed. The Associated Press has decided, apparently, that stories need to include only side. Stories about same-sex marriage, that is. Earlier this month, I highlighted a doozy of an AP puff piece out of Salt Lake City on some Mormons challenging their church’s stance on homosexuality. Now comes another AP puff piece — this one [Read More...]

AP embraces cliches, labels in seminary prez profile

Yawn. Sorry, I just finished reading The Associated Press’ feeble attempt at profiling Albert Mohler on his 20th anniversary as president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. From the start, the story reads like a reporter (in this case, more than one reporter since it has a double byline!) and editor got [Read More...]

Results vary as media follow Rick Warren’s return

Over the weekend, Rick Warren returned to the pulpit for the first time since his son’s suicide nearly four months ago. This made national headlines — and rightly so. The coverage that I saw ranged from weak to adequate to truly exceptional. On the weak side, the Los Angeles Times did a bare bones report that [Read More...]

Ready! Set! Be bored by Illinois’ same-sex marriage debate!

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s “Religion News on the Web” page is one of the places I go to peruse religion news. A headline from Illinois caught my attention today: AP: Politics and the pulpit: Black churches at heart of gay marriage debate in Illinois That topic interests me, so I clicked on [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...]

Tibet is burning

Let me commend for your reading this AP article by reporter Gillian Wong on the military crack down in Tibet. Entitled “As Tibet burns, China makes arrests, seizes TVs” this article reports on the wave of self-immolations that have swept across Tibet in protest to the Chinese regime’s occupation of the region. It opens with [Read More...]

Mixing scales of justice and songs of praise

Strange, strange, strange — like something out of a John Grisham novel. That was my first reaction to an Associated Press news story about a Tennessee jury accused of singing, praying and reading Bible verses during deliberations: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The attorney for a man sentenced to death for the torture slayings of a [Read More...]


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