Thursday, February 24, 2005

Anglican Church

Fox and CNN had similar AP stories on the Anglican church, related to the gay marriage issue. It is interesting to note the titles of the links to the stories from their respective home pages:

CNN: U.S., Canadian churches withdraw from key Anglican body

FOX: Anglican Church Asks U.S., Canada to Leave

So, which was it? Maybe a little of both. Here are the opening sentences of each article. CNN’s tone is more indicative a big rift with words like “under pressure from conservative church leaders” and “horrified.” Fox’s words are a little milder; e.g., “agreed” and “internal church disagreements.” Reading only one article would leave you perhaps with a different impression of what happened than reading the other.

CNN: The U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have withdrawn from a key body of the global Anglican Communion under pressure from conservative church leaders horrified by the election of a gay bishop in the United States and the blessing of same-sex unions in the two countries.

Fox: Anglican primates agreed Thursday that the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada would withdraw from a key body of the global Anglican Communion after failing to overcome internal church disagreements about the election of a gay bishop in the United States and the blessing of same-sex unions there and in Canada.


[Note: I am adding this on Feb. 25th. Both CNN and FOX have run additional stories after the above articles. I will continue to follow the issue.]

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