Flowers, cakes and objections to same-sex weddings

In two recent posts — here and here — I critiqued media coverage of proposed religious exemptions for florists, bakers, photographers and others opposed to same-sex marriage. Last month, I examined news reports on a federal judge striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in my home state of Oklahoma. In Sunday’s Tulsa World, those subject areas came [Read More...]

Wind of change comes sweeping down the plain

My home state of Oklahoma made big news Tuesday when a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The New York Times noted that the ruling occurred in the “heart of the Bible Belt,” while The Associated Press characterized Oklahoma as “the buckle of the Bible Belt.” (Religion angle, anyone?) For the Tulsa [Read More...]

Isn’t that special? Satan pays a visit to the Bible Belt (updated)

When the devil issues a press release, the media pay attention. Satan has stirred a hell of a commotion in my home state of Oklahoma the last week. The Associated Press produced the first national report on Satanists seeking a spot on the Oklahoma Capitol steps, followed soon by national outlets such as CNN, Religion News Service [Read More...]

When Bible Belt atheists go to church

A church service for atheists? Really!? Here in my home own state of Oklahoma, that’s the basis for a religion story in today’s Tulsa World. The headline grabs readers’ attention this way: All souls welcome at church’s morning service for atheists OK, I’m curious. The top of the story: Why would atheists go to church? Wouldn’t [Read More...]


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