Blog Roundup – May
Following Twitter all day has its ups and downs. While I appreciate staying on top of breaking news stories, even the fake ones, I’m at times inundated with headlines and 140-character soundbytes that draw my ire. Exhibit A: this headline from The Washington Post earlier this month, “Obama’s case for gay marriage shows that invoking faith isn’t just for conservatives anymore.”
My initial reaction: excuse me? Memo to the writers of The Washington Post: faith was never just for one side of the political spectrum. Let me introduce you to my friends whose left-leaning viewpoints are deeply rooted in their Christian faith. We’ve been here for a while, though we might not have fit the Republican/religious vs. Democrat/secular divide you often offer.
The fact that media outlets present only one side of the “faith in politics” story clearly bothers me. What should irk me much more isn’t so much that news outlets get the binary wrong, but that they construct one in the first place. Or that I buy into them.
That’s one of the things I love about this blog. We break down those facile binaries that media outlets construct and that often resound throughout the Twitterverse. We can tell the stories that get overlooked. In this space, we can talk about how faith might influence musicians from Madonna to The Killers’ Brandon Flowers. We can speak from experience about hot topics like Amendment 1 in North Carolina, and an evangelical atheist can come out and defend evangelical Christians. Heck, I love that we can use the term “evangelical atheist” when most mainstream news sources only ever put those two words in opposition to one another.
To borrow one of my favorite phrases from Kyle’s blog this month, keep talking, and keep listening generously.
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