In a recent interview, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet admitted how bad the news media are at reporting on faith. “We don't get the role of religion in people's lives,” he admitted. “And I think we can do much, much better.”
Writing at National Review, David French describes three “sins” the media commit when reporting on religion.
First, they explain to religious adherents why we believe what we believe. We're told, for instance, that we only hold to traditional marriage because we're secretly bigoted against gay people.
Second, the idea that moral failure by Christians means we're hypocrites. In fact, Christians know we still struggle with sin, sometimes big ones. And that we must repent. That's not hypocrisy.
Finally, reporters think a quick Google search makes them theologians, and the results are deeply embarrassing sometimes.
The solution? The press should start taking religious people seriously. Talk to us. Do research. Most of all, treat us like you'd want to be treated. And for any reporters listening, that was a quote from Jesus.