It’s potentially encouraging that the mainstream media is shining more of a spotlight on the way religion is being used and abused in the current electoral cycle. Of course, the old saying “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” holds true when talking heads without much familiarity with the subject wade into the discussion. It’s easy to drift into speculation and assumption. That’s why it’s important who does the talking.

This is an issue central to our work; and one of the regular State of Belief Radio guests who brings objectivity and insight to it is Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute. And we were heartened to see mainstream media outlets calling on Dr. Jones to provide that same level of insight to their reporting.

 

January 13, 2012 – Hardball, MSNBC

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