God and man at Marshall Park
We note with interest this advance in reporting on the supernatural and its interactions with major political pseudo-events:
About 200 Muslims gathered for a traditional Jumah prayer Friday afternoon in Marshall Park, kicking off a week of religious events in Charlotte tied to the Democratic National Convention.
The beginning of the Muslim event has been peaceful, even though some critics complained it was inappropriate in the days before the convention. Early attendance was far short of the thousands that had been predicted.
This welcome application of the "balancing" norm of professional journalism will be a great help as you shape your reporting on the upcoming Democratic convention. Let's see if it could apply to some of your current religion reporting, shall we?
Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s decision to give the closing prayer for the Democratic convention in Charlotte next week eases, if ever so slightly, months of tensions between the church, the party and the Obama administration over such issues as contraception and abortion.
Dolan’s choice to close both conventions sends a subliminal message that God, at least for now, remains “an undecided.” His appearance at the Republican National Convention began peacefully.
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