The “liberal” Times and religion

Some Catholics complained that the Times gave a review to the play, Corpus Christi, which depicted Jesus as a gay man.images-2  As the sympathetic public editor, Clark Hoyt, writes:  

“Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, told me that he believes The Times is a liberal newspaper “in the sense that a liberal arts college is liberal — generally secular in outlook, disinclined to take things on faith, nondogmatic, tolerant of and curious about a wide range of views and behaviors.”

On that basis, he suggests that indeed the “wide range” include voices from the religious community and why they might find a work of art disturbing. Secular doesn’t mean journalism should not include issues of religion, but it shouldn’t distort those religious connections through insensitivity or by being under-informed.

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