Breaking! Politician says Christianity is only true religion

A headline from the Washington Post: E.W. Jackson says non-Christians are engaged in ‘some sort of false religion’ Reaction from the reader who passed along that story link to GetReligion: GASP GASP GASP! Well, if I am interpreting the sarcasm correctly, there seems to be a disconnect between the Post and that particular reader concerning [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...]

Triumph of the stringer in the Nairobi massacre coverage

African reporters are coming into their own with the stories coming out of Kenya this weekend. If you step back from the reports on the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi — now entering its third day as of the writing of this post — and look not at the content of the news, but how [Read More...]

Faith and ghosts in Navy Yard victim story

I sympathize with any journalist called upon to report on victims’ loved ones in the wake of a tragedy such as Monday’s Navy Yard shooting rampage. From too many years of personal experience — starting with weeks spent on the victims’ beat after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing — I know that it’s a delicate, [Read More...]

Was the Navy gunman Buddhist? Does it matter?

Some 12 people were killed by a gunman at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yards on Monday morning. This being near the U.S. Capitol, reporters hit the scene early. Details came out slowly and sometimes incorrectly, even when sourced to D.C. police spokesmen. It was a difficult slog for reporters trying to figure out just what happened. [Read More...]

Is a global fast for Syria a local news story?

According to Catholic News Agency: Pope Francis made a global petition on Sept. 1 asking that everyone, regardless of religion or location, to fast and pray during the whole day of Sept. 7 for world peace, particularly in Syria. I noticed that various friends and acquaintances were participating in a special day of prayer and [Read More...]

Jake Tapper on opinion journalism masquerading as news

I’m a longtime fan of Jake Tapper of CNN, and formerly of ABC News. I like that he asks tough but reasonable questions of politicians, regardless of which party they’re in. I like that he reports and presents the news without his opinion. I like that he’s not defensive when someone critiques his work. Defensiveness [Read More...]

How to follow totally secular Syria news on Twitter

The goal here at GetReligion is, of course, to look at the good and the bad in mainstream news coverage of religion events and trends. This means we devote 99 percent of our time to news articles. That’s no surprise. Yet, in the Internet age, more and more newsrooms are offering — online — an [Read More...]


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