Of all the areas where media coverage of religion seems weak, celebrity news has to be up there. For a recent example, you can read this Associated Press account of Billy Ray Cyrus lamenting the effect of his daughter’s fame on his family. He apparently says, in a recent interview with GQ, that the Disney TV show “Hannah Montana” destroyed his family, caused his divorce and is sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control. At the end of this brief story, we learn:
He said the Cyruses and their six children were all baptized before leaving Tennessee for Los Angeles to inure themselves against evil and he believes Satan is attacking his family.
The reader who sent this story in says he wishes Cyrus’ actual quote had been included. He notes that he’s never heard of “inure” being used in association with baptism. To “inure” means “to accustom to accept something undesirable.” It seems to be the wrong word choice no matter what the reporter was going for. I notice that other versions of this story use the word “protect” in place of “inure.”