Religion News Service’ guide to ballot issues that religious people are watching, in some of the issues, this article seems to privilege one side. In some, only one side gets to talk.
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This traditional wisdom of journalism is used to great effect in The Atlantic’s feature on Muslim converts to Christianity in Germany.
Decent story idea: Cover Franklin Graham’s 50th and last God-and-country rally. Did it somehow mutate? Because more than half of the Charlotte Observer’s article was about Graham’s purported relationship with Donald Trump.
I’ve heard of contempt of court, but open contempt for a judge? That’s apparently OK if that judge is Roy Moore.
Cambridge Christian School this week made good on its threat to sue for the right to lead public prayer before a game. In December, the Florida High School Athletic Association denied the Cambridge Lancers the mic and speakers at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.
Muslim college student fights for her right to wear a hijab: good, controversial piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Child porn charges against a Pennsylvania priest are yielding coverage with a different kind of ghost” – the specter of past crimes illustrated with a literal list in a newspaper. But is such a focus always warranted?
I’ve met Coptic Christians. I’ve heard stories of their suffering before fleeing their native Egypt. So the New York Times’ account of Copts in Egypt at a “breaking point” is all too believable.
Well, mainstream media came close to that “ideal” in coverage of a woman who gave religious reasons for beating her son.
The Atlantic meant well. Its post-Olympics feature examines the depression that athletes often suffer after such sports events, as they strive to cope with their futures and stress linked to big wins and big defeats.
Did three American bishops defy a cardinal in criticizing Vice President Joe Biden? The Religion News Service sure makes it sound that way.
The Associated Press reports that – Dun-dun-DUNN! – Russia doesn’t like gays. And especially pro-gay-rights churches. I know, right? That might have knocked your socks off.
Mainstream media were probing the warped mind of Gavin Long, who shot three police officers in Baton Rouge before being shot dead himself.
“Bastille Day attack reignites terrorism and religion debate,” trumpets a headline at Religion News Service. Big over-promise there.
The RNS piece is a luxuriant 1,500 words, enough to cover several facets. And it gives us an expansive, non-cynical description of The Ark Encounter.
Of all the stories I’ve seen on Mississippi’s new religious freedom law, the one in the Jackson Free Press is one of the few that remembers what the debate is really about: the First Amendment. Specifically, the Establishment Clause versus the Free Exercise Clause.
Brace yourself for the summertime blizzard of news and commentary over Pope Francis’ latest remark – that the church should apologize to gays, women, children, the poor and, apparently, anyone who likes weapons.
After gay rights, gun control and (more gingerly) Islamic terrorism, coverage of the mass shooting in Orlando gets subdivided in a weekend story in The Miami Herald, which examines the atrocity from the standpoint of gay Hispanics.
NBC notes also how some Muslim national leaders have denounced the Orlando shootings while their own homelands jail or kill gays.
No other story I’ve seen has carried Catholic Church views on the so-called bathroom wars. Nearly all the stories major in politician quotes; most quote liberal activists.
Throw in a 24/7 prayer vigil for nearly 12 years, and you can see why the closing of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Catholic) Church near Boston got a big story in the Christian Science Monitor.