Saturday, January 1, 2011

Moderator of Washington Post faith blog says religion affects every part of daily life

From Catholic Review-

Sally Quinn, a Washington Post journalist who founded and moderates “On Faith,” a Post website on religion, said she learned years ago that in Washington social circles, people don’t discuss religion. They are “stealth religious.”

Speaking at the National Press Club in early December on “Why Journalists Must Understand Religion,” Quinn asserted that because “95 percent of people are motivated by religion,” religion has an effect on every part of daily life.

The daughter of an Episcopal father and a Presbyterian mother, she told them at age 13 that she was an atheist.

Seeing photos of her father’s World War II unit liberating the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp in Germany, she thought there couldn’t be a God. That “destroyed her childish notion of faith,” she said.

After her marriage to Ben Bradlee, the Post’s vice president at large, they had a son born with serious health issues. But she said that didn’t bring her back to religion either.

It wasn’t until after 9/11 that she became interested in Islam and began a journey that later took her around the world to 13 countries in three weeks to learn all she could about the world’s religions.

She realized that religion has enormous consequences and no one was covering it. “You can’t ignore this,” she told Don Graham, the Post’s chairman.

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