Assad’s Easter and mysterious attacks on Syrian Christians

Why are Syrian Christians being targeted by Islamist rebels? The Western press cannot agree on a reason, a review of recent reports from Syria reveals. Can we credit the explanation given by the Wall Street Journal — that the rebels do not trust Christians — as a sufficient explanation? And if so, what does that mean? [Read More...]

Boo! No ghosts in WSJ coverage of rural-urban divide

In a 2006 column about my grandparents, I reflected on my rural upbringing: I close my eyes and I am back in Hayward, a speck on the map in southeastern Missouri’s Bootheel where my Papa and Grandma Ross lived. I see my grandparents’ wood-paneled station wagon parked outside the two-story house that Papa built himself. [Read More...]

Bubbles, Lutherans and the Wall Street Journal

Can colored soap bubbles blow up church attendance? Can giant crossword puzzles spell success? If you said “Wow, what great ideas!”, not only will you get a big hug from the Lutheran bishop of New York — you just might be Wall Street Journal material. Yes, that Wall Street Journal. The staid, reserved chronicle of [Read More...]

What’s God got to do with it — in Maidan square?

I’ve said it once, twice, and I’ll say it again — there is more than one Orthodox Church in the Ukraine. Does this matter? Is this pettifogging carping — dull minded pedantry? Am I just showing off a store of useless knowledge, or Is it important to distinguish between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kiev Patriarchate) [Read More...]

The second storytelling rule: Get the name of the church

The first storytelling rule: Get the name of the dog. So says Poynter Institute writing guru Roy Peter Clark. For the purposes of GetReligion, I’ll add a second rule: Get the name of the church. I found myself frustrated with the generic churches featured in a Wall Street Journal story on South Africa’s national day [Read More...]

Moore of the same, but still a worthy effort

I had a sense of deja vu this week as I clicked on a 2,000-word Wall Street Journal profile of Russell Moore: For years, as the principal public voice for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s biggest evangelical group, Richard Land warned of a “radical homosexual agenda” and pushed for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. His successor, [Read More...]

Pod people: Facts are your friends, journalists

Here at GetReligion, we make no secret of our bias. That bias: our deep affection for good, old-fashioned journalism. In two recent posts, I highlighted stories at opposite extremes of that ideal. I discuss those posts with host Todd Wilken on this week’s episode of “Crossroads,” the GetReligion podcast. In my “When religious liberty clashes [Read More...]

Warming the chair? WSJ laments the loss of the pew

It’s five minutes past the hour, and you’re late for services. The cat insisted on one last pass around your leg, and you had to extricate the lint brush from the back of the junk drawer, and in the process you found that key to the shed you’d been looking for forever. But you couldn’t [Read More...]


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