Not get­ting re­li­gion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Sup­pose you picked up your morn­ing news­pa­per, and read that the lo­cal soft­ball team, spon­sored by Ken’s Trans­mis­sion Spe­cial­ists, had won the World Se­ries.

“ ‘That doesn’t seem right,’ you might say to your­self. The boys from Ken’s are as good as any nine men when it comes to pound­ing the Bud­weiser, but in terms of ath­letic abil­ity [. . .] And didn’t some team from Bos­ton just win the Se­ries? Puz­zled, you read on. The story ex­plains that the World Se­ries took place in the park­ing lot be­hind Sal’s Dis­count Suds.

“At this point you re­al­ize that the story is com­plete — well, ‘non­sense’ is the po­lite term. You re­al­ize that the ed­i­tor of the sports page is in­com­pe­tent, and you think se­ri­ously about can­celling your sub­scrip­tion. Right?

“Then you prob­a­bly won’t be im­pressed with the edi­tors in St. Louis who gave the OK to a story that be­gins: ‘A cou­ple of firsts: Two women were or­dained as Ro­man Catholic priests Sun­day in St. Louis and the or­di­na­tion was in a syn­a­gogue.’ ”

— Pseudony­mous blog­ger Dio­genes, writ­ing on “Jour­nal­ists With­out [bleep] De­tec­tors,” Nov. 12 at Catholic World News blog “Off the Record.”

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