Posts tagged “GetReligion

Attacks on religious liberty rebranded as defending women’s “health”

Posted on February 18th, 2012

In the aftermath of the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty, the media have presented doctored statistics and deflected the issue into a general spin of “women’s health” (as if chemicals designed to alter the natural functioning of a woman’s body, or the outright murder of little girls, is somehow in the interest of women’s “health”). Here’s a sample of Mollie Hemingway’s analysis (“Media ignore women, for women”) at GetReligion: My church body never engages in politics, for doctrinal reasons. But here even when we are compelled to speak out, the words that our elected President spoke aren’t important because he’s male? By falling for partisan spin about gender inequality, reporters have completely marginalized me and the millions of women who were being represented…

“Trinitarian Christians”?

Posted on October 22nd, 2011

As in the 2008 presidential campaign, Mormonism is going to be in the news as long as Mitt Romney remains a candidate in the 2012 race for President. At GetReligion, Terry Mattingly addresses coverage by the Associated Press comparing Mormon teachings to “conservative Protestant” doctrine. Interesting is the repeated phrase “Trinitarian Christians” in Mattingly’s post. Such a phrase implies that there are other kinds of Christians who don’t believe in the Trinity. By any conventional definition, however, there are no non-Trinitarian Christians. Besides their aberrant views on Jesus Christ, Baptism, and the authority of Scripture (to name a few), one of the reasons Mormons are not Christians is because they reject the catholic, orthodox teaching that there is one God in three Persons, the…

Those edgy, dangerous Lutherans

Posted on July 19th, 2011

Another quick Bachmann & the Great Antichrist Smear roundup. CBN’s David Brody clarifies that Michele Bachmann left WELS over preference issues, which makes complete sense. Bachmann never sounded like a Lutheran; her spiritual vocabulary sounded far more like an American pop-Evangelical. Brody then writes a fairly decent summary of the Antichrist issue: There are two common views of the antichrist. Some Christians believe that the antichrist is a particular, Satan-driven end-times person. This is not the view of the Wisconsin Synod Lutherans. They hold to Luther’s 500-year-old view that when the office of the papacy functions in the place of Christ (speaking for God or acting as a mediator that only Christ can be), then it is against Christ. It’s more of a theological…

Are Protestants disqualified from serving as President? (Bachmann Antichrist roundup)

Posted on July 16th, 2011

While it’s simply smear tactics against a Christian candidate for president, that would be the logical take-away from the latest attacks on Michele Bachmann, erstwhile Lutheran (WELS). Our own Mollie Hemingway has been all over the poorly-crafted hit pieces: Are you now or have you ever been a Lutheran? (GetReligion) Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been … a Lutheran? (Ricochet) Is Bachmann the media’s anti-Christ? (GetReligion)   Other interesting takes: Michele Bachmann’s No-Popery Campaign (Anthony Sacramone at First Things) The Left Once Again Races to Defend the Papacy! (Joe Escalante at Ricochet) Catholics shouldn’t fear Michele Bachmann (John Gerardi at The Daily Caller)   So what of the matter of the papacy as antichrist? There’s a helpful LCMS FAQ that delves into…

Poisoned Chalice?

Posted on July 29th, 2009

Parishioner Mollie Ziegler Hemingway recently wrote about reactions to swine flu among eucharistic Christians (shouldn’t that be redundant?) and its treatment in the press. She noted the CNN web headline: “Poisoned chalice? Swine flu hits church wine.” That, it turns out, is inaccurate fear-mongering. Mrs. Hemingway observes: It … makes it seem as if, well, swine flu actually hit church wine. Nothing in the story supports that idea. It’s just that the archbishops of Canterbury and York in the Church of England have recommended that parishioners stop sharing the chalice during communion because of fears over swine flu. She likewise cites the evidence that sharing the communion chalice does not increase chances of disease transmission. This fits with my own experience. For eleven years,…