Analyzing News Coverage of Religious Issues

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Religion has been at the forefront of many issues recently covered by the news. In many of these news stories, religious beliefs are not used to demonstrate support for a cause or issue, but rather religion is used to voice dissent. During the week of June 23, 2013, news coverage touching upon religious issues, many of which remain unresolved. In "Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Taylor Swift Concert, Calls Her A 'Whore'," written by Stephanie Marcus and published on June 28, 2013, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), a highly polarized religious organization, has announced that it plans to picket Swift based on her public image. According to Marcus, "Swift is know for what sometimes seems like a revolving door of highly publicized romances, and the WBC apparently doesn't look too kindly on all her "fornicating"." Not only is the WBC targeting Swift because of her public image, but they are also targeting her Christian beliefs and are claiming that she is not a good Christian. In "On Gay Marriage in Churches, Stances Vary Among Religions, Clergy, Members" by Jaweed Kaleem, published on June 26, 2013, Kaleem investigates the various religious reactions to the declaration of the Defense of Marriage Act's unconstitutionality, which subsequently also reversed Proposition 8 in California. Much of the conflict that has arisen is due to the religious definition of marriage being defined as a union between a man and a woman. While some religious institutions, such as the
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