Lovers and labels in coverage of same-sex marriage ruling (updated)

Update: Yikes! One of the drawbacks of media-criticism-on-the-go is the possibility of writing a post that, in retrospect, makes you sound really stupid. Such is the case with this one, which prompted reader Sarah Morriss to comment: You do know that “Virginia is for lovers” is the tourism and travel slogan used by the Commonwealth [Read More...]

Falwell’s 2014 Liberty: ‘Fundamentalist Baptist’ university?

Here at GetReligion, the “F-word” always catches our attention. I’m referring, of course, to fundamentalist. It’s a loaded word that can carry a negative connotation when applied to religious groups or institutions. The Associated Press Stylebook — “the journalist’s bible” — contains this entry: fundamentalist: The word gained usage in an early 20th century fundamentalist-modernist controversy within [Read More...]

Yes, that Virginia gubernatorial candidate has layers

In one of my favorite scenes in the original  “Shrek” movie, the title character explains to Donkey that “there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.” “Example?” Donkey responds. “Example … uh … ogres are like onions,” Shrek says, holding up an onion that Donkey sniffs. More of the dialogue: Donkey: “They stink?” Shrek: “Yes. … No!” Donkey: “Oh, they make [Read More...]

Taking a legal walk in a church’s non-religious woods

For decades, I have been covering stories involving clashes between religious organizations and state and county tax officials. The key plot elements in these legal dramas usually include: * The church is a growing nondenominational Christian group. In other words, an independent congregation with little or no access to national church-state lawyers. * Neighbors are [Read More...]

Pod people: A little GetEducation for GetReligion

In the 1990s, before I became a religion writer, I covered education for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City’s daily newspaper. I wrote numerous stories on the school choice movement, from vouchers to magnet schools to charter schools. In 1999, I won a two-month travel fellowship from the Education Writers Association to investigate school choice in Oklahoma City [Read More...]

Capital punishment, abortion and a Catholic politician

The Washington Post’s front page today featured a long profile focused on the faith and religious underpinnings of former Virginia Gov. — and current U.S. Senate candidate — Tim Kaine. The top of the 2,700-word story: It’s not unusual, on an election-year Sunday, to find a white candidate in a black church. But Tim Kaine, [Read More...]


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