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Mariam goes free, at last, while some questions linger

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Other than editors trying to figure out the correct spelling of her name, there were very few journalistic questions this past week when the long-suffering Mariam Ibraheem Ishag was finally spirited out of Sudan to freedom. Several people sent me notes to coverage of this event, with one stating the obvious in a note that [Read More...]
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Those pesky religious details in Palestinian-Israel conflict

Saturday, July 26, 2014
I’m no expert on the fighting in the Gaza Strip. In fact, I’m typing this post with trepidation — hoping not to say something entirely stupid (yes, that’s a weekend softball for all my snarky friends). But seriously, I offer the above caveat before critiquing a front-page story in today’s Houston Chronicle on dueling rallies by [Read More...]
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Islam, ISIS and the FGM fatwa

Friday, July 25, 2014
Reporting from the front lines of the Middle East conflicts be a parlous experience if you are on the wrong side of the battle line. However not all of the no-go areas are geographically bounded. The topic of  Islam and female genital mutilation is a country few reporters are willing to enter. Cultural prejudices and politically [Read More...]
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NYTimes inside private GOP session on abortion strategy?

Friday, July 25, 2014
Apparently, this past spring, the Republican National Committee held a closed-door meeting in which a circle of conservative women discussed a topic that they have been discussing for decades — how to talk about abortion when dealing with mainstream journalists, especially television reporters. Apparently, someone taking part in this meeting decided to invite a reporter [Read More...]
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UCLA study literally tries to sell gay marriage in Texas

Friday, July 25, 2014
Help gays marry and boost the economy: That’s one of the newest pitches in gay rights circles. A new story in Houston Chronicle says legalizing same-sex marriage could boost state income by $180 million over three years. The thorny issues are explored in this reprint from the Texas Tribune, a non-profit journalistic think tank. The [Read More...]
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An ISIS tax on Christians? The accurate word is ‘dhimmitude’

Thursday, July 24, 2014
A month ago, I wrote a post about the events unfolding in Mosul and argued that journalists who covered this story — those brave enough to venture into the Nineveh Plain region — needed to grasp the meaning of the word “dhimmitude.” Yes, this is a controversial term. Yes, it is the right word to [Read More...]
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Trend or not? Evangelicals reportedly questioning the Bible

Thursday, July 24, 2014
"a medium-sized evangelical church in Laguna Beach where [Rob] Bell sometimes attends services" Strange not to ID it http://t.co/lYmOqBPjjw — Ted Olsen (@tedolsen) July 23, 2014 But that's not that article's biggest problem. It really seems not to know what it's reporting. Or if/when its exemplars agree — Ted Olsen (@tedolsen) July 23, 2014 @tedolsen [Read More...]
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La Nación on soccer and Protestantism in Brazil

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sitting in my “guilt file” of stories I should be covering — but have not yet gotten round to doing — is this fascinating piece from the sports section of La Nación, the Argentine daily. (With its larger rival Clarín, the two dailies make up almost half of the Buenos Aires newspaper market — as [Read More...]
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What is this? Forbes goes to bat for Eden Foods critics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Several years ago, your GetReligionistas created a new item in our archives list of news “categories.” As faithful readers know, we focus on hard-news material produced by mainstream news organizations. The only time that we write about editorial columns, op-ed pieces, academic essays or the like is when they focus directly on issues in our [Read More...]
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Study: Religious kids believe the Bible and other ‘fiction’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Is this Clutching at Straws Month? Because I don’t know how to dress or what to buy for it. I do know how to celebrate, though. Just publish a study that counters traditional beliefs. And don’t ask questions that might uncover flaws. The latest example emerged this week in the July issue of Cognitive Science. [Read More...]
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‘Sin’ gets scare quote treatment in Portland, Ore.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Be very, very afraid, Portland! The Christians are invading Oregon — and they want to tell your children about Jesus. That’s scary stuff, I know. But somehow I missed — until now — the newspaper story earlier this month about some residents’ concerns about an after-school Bible study club. I promise this headline is from The [Read More...]
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Pod people: Are all political liberals also on moral left?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Every now and then, Issues, Etc., host Todd Wilken take and I off in one direction when doing a “Crossroads” podcast and then — boom — we will suddenly veer off in what at first seems like a totally different direction. Radio is like that, you know. That is certainly what happened this time around, [Read More...]
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The Mosul purge: How good is the media coverage?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The purge of Christians from Mosul in northern Iraq — home to thriving Christian communities almost since biblical times — is a historic human rights abuse. Yet mainstream media have done comparatively little coverage on it, probably because they’re stretched thin with the twin stories of the airline shoot-down in Ukraine and Israel’s invasion of [Read More...]
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How should we define — and assess — atheism?

Monday, July 21, 2014
DANIEL ASKS: Is it becoming possible to be religious without believing in god? (the lower-case “god” is Daniel’s usage) THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: This is partially a repeat from March 22, 2013, when The Guy posted “Is atheism a ‘religion’? Is the Pope Protestant?” That headline indicated the idea seems ludicrous on its face. Yet, [Read More...]
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Big news report card: Oklahoma same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, July 21, 2014
Give the New York Times an F for its sketchy coverage of an appeals court striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Times managed to report on Friday’s court decision affecting “conservative-leaning” Oklahoma — as the Times described my home state — without quoting a single source who supports the traditional view of marriage. [Read More...]
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Yo editors: Can the state pay Catholics to help immigrants?

Monday, July 21, 2014
As usual, there was a stack of Baltimore Sun newspapers waiting for me at the end of last week when I returned from a consulting trip to a campus in Iowa. One of the papers contained a very timely and newsworthy story. My goal here is to argue that — just possibly — this story [Read More...]
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LATimes shreds old-school language in religious liberty story

Sunday, July 20, 2014
The following information cannot be examined too many times during the media storm that has followed the so-called Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Back in 1993, early in the right-wing reign of terror led by the Clinton White House, the U.S. Senate voted 97-3 to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The [Read More...]
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Calvin the Fundamentalist and other General Synod myths

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Monday’s vote by the General Synod to allow women bishops has put the Church of England onto the front pages of the world’s press. News reports and commentary from around the globe have weighed on this development giving voice to a variety of opinions. Some of this reporting has been quite good, most of it [Read More...]
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A little more context on that charismatic pastor, please

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Your friendly neighborhood GetReligionistas always love story tips from readers. I appreciated this one from Matt Carney in my home state of Oklahoma: @bobbyross did you happen to catch Sunday's Tulsa World A-1? Had a nice profile of Billy Joe Daugherty's son taking over the family business — matt (@OKmattcarney) July 14, 2014 I had [Read More...]
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NYTimes warns: Evangelistic speech near the National Mall!

Friday, July 18, 2014
Are there any GetReligion readers out there who remember the mini-media storm back in 1999 when the Southern Baptist Convention published a series of booklets to guide church members in their prayers for the conversion of members of other faiths? As you would expect, some faith leaders were quite offended by this, especially Jews who [Read More...]
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