Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

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Mailbag medicine

Journalism | You help keep us accountable each day
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/21/19, 12:53 pm

Every now and then, during the 33 years since we launched WORLD Magazine, I’ve thought it might be helpful to our readers to make an editorial confession. You may remember my telling you of the discomfort I have felt when we found it necessary to report on the negative behavior of some Christian leaders or organizations. 

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Exemption attack

Religious Liberty | Beto O’Rourke’s troubling comments
by Joel Belz
Posted 11/07/19, 02:51 pm

Beto O’Rourke at least had the political sense to backtrack. His earlier response to a reporter’s question about homosexual rights had been preposterous—earning dissent even from his ultra-liberal, fellow presidential candidates. But O’Rourke’s follow-up “clarification” served mostly to show what the former U.S. congressman from Texas really thinks on the subject. And what he thinks suggests he should have no place of influence in government.

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Prayers for NPR?

Media | Maybe, but don’t expect me to pray for the network’s prosperity
by Joel Belz
Posted 10/24/19, 01:10 pm

“Thanks very much,” said the impassioned radio announcer as I tuned in right at the end of her plea, “for your calls, for your concern, and for your prayers.”

For your prayers?

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