Church to boycott Redskins? Not enough to fill a stadium

The Washington Redskins are changing their name because of its negative connotations, a friend posted on Facebook. Apparently, the National Football League team will drop the “Washington” and be known simply as the Redskins. Bah-duh-BOOM! But seriously, folks, check out this Washington Post lede: Eleven days before the United Church of Christ will vote on a [Read More...]

WPost: Avoiding Maya Angelou’s soul, if at all possible

In the world of political, cultural and social studies theory there is a term — “civil religion” — that scholars have been arguing about for decades. You can talk about Rousseau and you can dig into Tocqueville and travel on to Martin Marty, but sooner or later you end up with the 1967 Robert Bellah [Read More...]

WPost profiles ‘evangelical Catholic’ Bobby Jindal

I know this will shock — SHOCK! — you, but your friendly GetReligionistas don’t agree on everything. Those of us who contribute to this journalism website have a tremendous amount of freedom to pick the stories that we critique. But frequently, editor tmatt pushes potential items our way. And in rare cases, he even proposes [Read More...]

Nuanced portrait of a rising Catholic star: Cardinal Wuerl

Well, darn. Someone in the media remembers that there are other Catholic leaders besides Pope Francis. For a recent profile in the Washington Post, it’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The head of the influential Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., received a long-form, 1,500-word look in his hometown newspaper, The Washington Post. That in itself is a welcome [Read More...]

Boko Haram leader’s profile: chilling but incomplete

“His name is Abubakar Shekau. He is the leader of Boko Haram. And he has your girls.” So begins a chilling profile in the Washington Post on the leader of Boko Haram, the Islamist gang that abducted more than 300 girls in mid-April. It’s a great start, but it isn’t sustained. Under Shekau, Boko Haram [Read More...]

Little argument, and little religion, after botched execution

This is the headline on a Washington Post follow-up on the recent big story in my home state: In Okla., little argument over the final outcome for inmate who died after botched execution Little argument and little religion, based on this rather shallow Post story. At GetReligion, we often refer to “holy ghosts.” In fact, [Read More...]

Did Washington Post offer reporting or cheerleading?

The religious left gets sympathetic treatment, not only from a new report by the Brookings Institution, but by a Washington Post article on it. The story uncritically quotes the report, though it also offers some background on the Old Left, including its religious wing. And it doesn’t ask for reactions from anyone on the right, [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...]


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