Alan Jacobs: “Demanding that others stop criticizing your preferred group is a cheap identity-politics move”

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Baylor University scholar Alan Jacobs reflects on Mike Pence and the journalists who cover him:

VP Mike Pence says, “Criticism of Christian education in America must stop.” No it musn’t. Nobody and nothing is above criticism. Demanding that others stop criticizing your preferred group is a cheap identity-politics move. It would simply be a good thing if the critics made some effort to understand what they’re criticizing, though of course that’s not going to happen. I can’t imagine a cohort less likely to inform itself about conservative Christianity than the cohort of American journalists.

My caveat: There is a growing number of excellent journalists covering the religion beat who do try to understand conservative Christianity.

2 thoughts on “Alan Jacobs: “Demanding that others stop criticizing your preferred group is a cheap identity-politics move”

  1. “I can’t imagine a cohort less likely to inform itself about conservative Christianity than the cohort of American journalists.” After Jacobs says people should not attack their critics, he turns around and slags on journalists. That statement really isn’t much different than Pence’s complaint.

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