Religion: Hookup

What constitutes religious news, according to modern journalistic standards? Usually one of two types of happenings: 1) controversial topics; or 2) scandal, both of which to some degree offend.

Last week, editors thought they saw a good, noncontroversial, non-scandalous religious news story. The elements of the story: the National Broadcasting Company (which always is "decent to newspaper people"); the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (newspaper people must be decent to it); Dr. Samuel Parkes Cadman (a newspaper columnist himself); Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise (not averse to newspaper publicity), and many...