Asking the nasty, logical question about that Utah judge

It’s often like the force of gravity in American politics and it has been gaining power for about a quarter of a century. We’re talking about the “pew gap,” that mysterious X-factor that keeps showing up in surveys about the most controversial political and social issues in this land of ours. Simply stated, the more [Read More...]

Clash of absolute truths in WPost coverage of Schaefer trial

And this just in. The editorial team of The Washington Post has published a direct quotation from an outside voice, a figure of authority, who supports the doctrines and disciplines of the United Methodist Church, which reflect centuries of Christian tradition on marriage and sex. This is the first time that this old-school journalistic device [Read More...]

Story envy, courtesy of the New York Times

I’ll just come out and say it: I wish I had written this story. Well done, New York Times, from the headline to the ending. Readers, pour yourself a glass of milk, grab a chocolate-chip cookie (trust me, it’s vital to the enjoyment and proper digestion of this piece) and prepare to be satisfied in [Read More...]

Got news? Bishops stand on HHS mandate (updated)

What you see at the top of this post is the content of today’s Baltimore Sun report on yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Catholic bishops — or at least, many of them — to continue their high-stakes fight against the White House and its Health and Human Services mandate. Right. The box is empty. I [Read More...]

Chuck Smith, fundamentalism and (yes) the AP stylebook

Readers who have been following this weblog through the years are probably familiar with the following passage in the Associated Press Stylebook. We’ve been dealing with it since the earliest days of GetReligion’s existence (click here for one ancient example). Yes, we are talking about the “fundamentalist” label. That’s the familiar F-word that philosopher Alvin [Read More...]

Terrorists shred faithful at generic Pakistani church

Yesterday was Kenya and, of course, the killing there isn’t over yet. Today, there is another blast of a deadly form of Jihad — this time in Pakistan. Here is the top of an early, but quite complete, New York Times report: PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A suicide attack on a historic Christian church in northwestern [Read More...]

Do religious readers really want quality religion coverage?

It has been awhile since our own Bobby Ross, Jr., quoted that laugh-to-keep-from-crying tweet by New York Times religion scribe Laurie Goodstein that said (all together now): “Will the last one on the religion beat please turn out the lights?” Mocking the typical newsroom attitude that three anecdotes equals a valid news trend, Ross asked [Read More...]

The truly interfaith church of what’s happening now

From the very beginning of this weblog, your GetReligionistas have argued that some of America’s most important religion stories are taking place on the Religious Left, even on the evangelical and Pentecostal left. I still believe that. Also, we have always argued that it was important for journalists to cover the religious and doctrinal content [Read More...]


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