CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) — The South Carolina newspaper that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism April 20 has drawn criticism for linking the Palmetto state’s domestic violence problems with its residents’ belief in the Bible’s teaching about gender. The Post and Courier’s winning series “Till Death Do Us Part,” published last August, “probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women [in terms of domestic violence] and put the issue of what to do about it on the state’s agenda,” the Pulitzer site stated.
At least two articles in The Post and Courier’s seven-part winning series suggested that the traditional Christian belief of husbands as leaders of their households, drawn from Ephesians 5 and other Bible passages, is among the causes of domestic violence. However, lead reporter Glenn Smith said The Post and Courier “would never imply that the Bible is to blame for abuse” but sought to highlight that “well-intentioned folks and traditional beliefs have at times gotten in the way of abused women getting the help they need in finding a way out of dangerous relationships.”
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