Jewish Journal


September 8, 2008

‘Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press’



When I first saw the headline—Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press—I thought: Well, prayer is meant to comfort the afflicted and the press do exist to afflict the comfortable, but has Pastor Larry Kroon really had it so bad over the past week that he needs God to reign in an unnecessarily intrusive press. My answer, despite some of the harsh portraits painted of Kroon, would be no.

But then I read the AP’s short dispatch on Kroon’s sermon yesterday, and I realized what a gracious host he has been to the droves of reporters who have come through town looking for political and theological dirt on Sarah Palin and who even sit through his sermons and then report on the most mundane of messages. (Conversely, The New York Times had a wonderfully written profile yesterday of how Palin’s Christian beliefs affect her politics: “Her foundation and source of guidance is the Bible,” the Times reported, “and with it has come a conviction to be God’s servant.”)

The more forgettable example of religion reporting, tied to the headline, is after the jump:

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