Finding faith: When journalists cover religion

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  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    June 11, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    As one who can attest that contentment, sanity, good ethics, family values, and good morals do not require a purpose or God that transcends the material plane. I find religious journalism alive and well. It is non-belief that journalists don't feel quite right addressing too loudly. We havent generated many crusading public atheists, agnostics, pantheists, realists, free-thinkers, or secular we are a quiet, but ever growing group. It is still true, however, that professed atheists, agnostics (ETC.) face challenges in participating in public life. You wont find many in least none that would admit to it! Journalism needs to learn about non-belief as well as religion so they cannot promote public sanction for the supremacy of religious faith and, by implication, the supremacy of believers. As for offending the religious, many seem to be offended by the very existence of non-religious how well can we expect journalists to fairly portray our beliefs unless they are educated about that as well.

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    June 11, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    that first comment ( see Wayne Rout above ) its really an unfair and untrue comment I have lived in 7 differant countries in my life and I think Wayne Rout should take some time off and take a trip abroad and get an education on life experiance before he puts down the whole world. and to make a comment that ALL liberal democrats hate religion is a farce I have several LDS leberal democrat friends and they go to church every sunday and get involved in all church and neighborhood projects and have well behaved and well educated children and for someone to make an opinion based on their feeling and not fact is another story within its self

  • Petra Sanpete County, UT
    June 11, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    Wow, the first comment is certainly judging others, and pretty unfairly. True education seeks to erase the mindless stereotypes and sweeping generalizations found both in that comment and, indeed, in people from one religious background viewing another.

    Having lived in several different cultures and watched, up close, several different religions, I can agree with the LDS Church (to which I am a convert) when it says that all major world religions contain truth. Though the details are very different, the major world religions all teach their followers to be good and honest people and to do good in order to make the world a better place. We do need many more responsible journalists who thoroughly understand the various religions to help us all to see our commonality, and not just our differences. As the world shrinks even more through better communication, it will be even more imperative for everyone to have that minimal understanding. It is, after all, through a total lack of understanding of their own religion that extremist Muslims have declared "holy war" on the rest of us.

  • boris Provo, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Interesting coincidence. I was actually walking through Columbia University's campus this very morning and saw a quote on Earl Hall: "erected for the students that religion and learning may go hand in hand and character grow with knowledge." Also interesting to find that the building's sole purpose is for religious and community service support. Just north of campus you can find the Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. I have found the community to be very diverse religiously but also very accepting (not just tolerant) just as the interview at the beginning of the article suggests.

    What is particularly frustrating about this is to assume that people such as Wayne Rout would simply look at Columbia at write everything off as liberal hogwash. Our nation is a broad spectrum and can't be described in any other way than that. Columbia's community certainly leans to the left but they don't see the world in two tones of right and left, good and evil, etc... as the first comment suggests. Such judgements are actually much more likely to lead to the Soviet style government that the same comment fears.

  • uptoolate Provo, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Conservative Republicans are judgmental (see Wayne Rout above). Quite few Conservative Republicans could be included in a list of extreme ideas, behaviors, and downright dangerous activity but to paint the rest of the party with the same broad strokes is simply wrong.

    Wayne, I consider myself a Liberal Democrat and go to church weekly, have worked with millionaires and the homeless, Ive never hugged a tree but and only "hugged" closely with my spouse after marriage. I don't consider those making over $250,000 to be middle class. I have three children and enjoy being around my family. I've lived for two years in the former Soviet Union and have no desire to lead our government to such a state and if you are worried about a system where only the elite have houses, cars, etc... then you should take a closer look at our nation where a small group of the wealthiest continue to thrive and the middle class is struggling. I am guilty of often judging feelings more than results...I'd prefer that homeowners feel secure about their homes rather than prioritize strong earnings results in investment banks by tinkering with mortgages.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    June 11, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Liberal Democrats, and that describes virtually all the media, hate religion because they want no moral compass in their life. Liberals, Congressman Weiner is a good example, feel that nothing is immoral. They feel uncomfortable with people who have positive religious values and who lead a decent traditional American lifestyle. Liberals think they are much smarter than everyone else. They see no need for values preferring to live a life more like a jungle animal than as a human. Their education, rather than make them better people, has destroyed their knowledge of right and wrong and replaced it with a ethics system which places a higher value on "tree hugging" than honesty, sexual morals, and ethics. Feelings are judged more important than results. They enjoy taxing the middle class because they want to destroy the middle class. They feel uncomfortable around people who are family oriented. This is especially true if those they focus on are confident of their values. The goal of liberals is to destroy American values and replace it with a Soviet style government where only the elite (them) have houses, cars, etc. Everyone else will be judged and controlled by the state.