By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
OKLAHOMA CITY — Media coverage of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees from seven countries has displeased Bill Hulse, a Southern Baptist pastor in one of the reddest of the red states.
“I don’t think it was an attack on religion,” said Hulse, senior pastor for the Putnam City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. “I think he was pretty clear that this would be until we could vet who was coming in, that radical Muslim terrorists are our enemy right now.”
The phrase “Muslim-majority countries” — describing Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — has appeared in many, if not most, news reports on Trump’s action.
However, some — including the editor of the Wall Street Journal — see that terminology as “very loaded.” It wrongly focuses, critics maintain, on religion instead of the potential terrorism threat posed by certain countries. Others dispute the notion that this is anything but a “Muslim ban.”
This analysis of media coverage appears online at GetReligion.org.