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Scottish Papers Fixate on Religion in Abuse Case

A small note today. Both The Courier and The Times in Scotland have run headlines largely advertising the faith of a couple cleared of abuse charges.

Mormon bishop and midwife from Dundee cleared of abuse charges after five-day trial

Mormon bishop and wife cleared of child assaults

This is no surprise, as our study showed, media outlets are much more likely to use the word “Mormon” in connection with negative news. 

This illustrates the long-felt frustration that Latter-day Saints’ faith is only public in negative circumstances. This frustration perhaps is doubly felt this week, after the recent Washington Post article about influential Latter-day Saint journalist, Jack Anderson, left out his faith entirely except to note that he could not be assassinated by poison, because he didn’t drink.

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C.D. Cunningham

C.D. Cunningham is the managing editor of Public Square magazine. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, he studied religion at Harvard University Extension. He serves on the board of the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association.
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