(Daily Beast) -- Paige Patterson and Michael Curry could not be any different. But they are both leaders of the two largest Protestant denominations in the United States. They are in the news for very different reasons.
Patterson, who is the head of a Southern Baptist seminary, drew widespread scorn for his comments about how abused women should not seek divorces. (He also described a teenage girl's body as "nice," and later apologized for his remarks.) Curry, who is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, received a wave of support after headlining the Royal Wedding this weekend.
The Patterson debacle represents Christianity in the media as usual. Secular liberals gawked while more mainstream evangelicals distanced themselves from the worst of their tradition. Other examples? The great big bear hug between the Religious Right and evangelicals. The bastardization of “religious freedom” to mean granting religious bigots a pass on anti-discrimination laws. Doubting evolution.
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