Religion Reporting Without Religion

The NYT‘s Gardiner Harris manages to report an entire religion story without one reference to religion. And we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. The story is the latest maneuver in the ongoing FDA struggle over the “morning-after pill,” set into motion in part by the radical evangelical activism of FDA advisor Dr. W. David Hager, later forced to step down amidst allegations of political dirty tricks and much, much worse. The religion is — well, this wouldn’t be a story were it not for religious views trying to block the pill. That said, is there a case to be made for reporting it point-blank, as it were, absent the theology that fuels the controversy?

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