I don’t know why I read the Kansas City Star…..It usually just irritates me…at least the “Faith” section on Saturdays does. My conflict with them goes back several years. They have a special section in which they have 2 local ministers answer some deep religious question. Of course 95% of the ministers they ask are WAY LEFT liberals….and they also ask Hindus, Muslims, Jews., etc. Anyway, back in 2000 they asked some question about whether or not homosexuality was wrong. Both “ministers” (one Catholic and one Unitarian) gave “pro-gay” answers….and it galled me. Don’t get me wrong….I expect those kind of answers from liberals…..what galls me is when they claim God and Scripture to be on their side with such lunacy. So….I wrote them both letters…and I wrote Helen Gray at the KC Star. Gray was very polite and said she understood my point of view (although I suspected she was rolling her eyes as she said it)….the Catholic ignored me…..the Unitarian got “hoppin’ mad” at me….and we exchanged a couple of letters. I should probably point out that the tone of my personal letters is usually a little different than my tone in a pulpit sermon….and rightly so. There’s a difference between telling a group of people “thus saith the Lord” and pleading with an individual privately, “thus saith the Lord.” The point is…I was very polite with the Unitarian…..I told him that the Bible was quite clear about homosexuality and that I lovingly encouraged him to re-think his views. When it was all said and done (after his initial tirade against me)…he told me he would read the verses I gave him (I’m not sure he’d ever really read the Bible)…and that we may just have to disagree as brothers in Christ. Needless to say…I didn’t consider us “brothers in Christ” but that’s another story.
A few months ago I wrote a “letter to the editor” critical of The Star’s religion editor Bill Tammeus. He basically wrote that Christians who thought their way was the only way to Heaven were motivated by fear and ignorance of other religions. I called him on it….and surprisingly The Star printed it (click here to read it: http://blogs.kansascity.com/unfettered_letters/2006/06/faithfulness_no.html). I think they like to print a letter critical of themselves every once in a while so they can claim to be impartial (yeah right)…..But Tammeus is out of control again….so I’ve written another letter.
Last week Tammeus said that ministers who believed in Hell were preaching something that was “a figment of their own imaginations.” Obviously, I took offense because I’m one of those ministers. But more importantly….the Bible makes it pretty clear that Hell is real, and many are going there. So for a “Faith” reporter to “poo poo” the idea of Hell is dangerous….and irritating. THIS WEEK…Tammeus defends gays….He says Ted Haggard should embrace his gayness and quit calling homosexuality a sin….because it’s damaging to do that. Now, I’m not surprised that Tammeus believes this way….he’s a typical liberal…but in his article, he claimed that neither God, nor the Bible condemn homosexuality…..and that’s just dead wrong. (to read his article click here (http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/religion/16090442.htm)
With that said…..I wrote another letter to the editor that will probably not get published…..and so….now that I have my own blog site…..I’ve chosen to publish it myself. You can read the whole thing at the end of this blog. The Star only allows letters to be 150 words….which is really hard for me to do. If you read my blogs, you know that some of my “titles” are more than 150 words…..But that’s all The Star allows, so I have to play by their rules…..and so I do.
Perhaps you’re wondering….. “doesn’t Shane have anything better to do with his time than criticize the KC Star?…..he’s obviously fighting a losing battle.” Well, you’re probably right…on both counts. But here’s my reasoning…..I’m more than likely NOT going to change Bill Tammeus’ mind. Seventy-something year old liberals aren’t going to change their squirrelly views because of one of my letters. BUT….Tammeus and others like him need to be held accountable for their "Biblical dishonesty." Guys like him are TREMENDOUS stumbling blocks to other people. And stumbling blocks need to be confronted….and preferably removed. Of course Tammeus recently retired (HOORAY) then the KC Star turned around and hired him back as an independent consultant and reporter (BOOOO). Anyway….I think he stepped WAY OVER the line this time….so I called him on it. We’ll see what happens….but here’s the letter I sent them:
Dear KC Star,
So what Bible is Bill Tammeus reading anyway? Last week he criticizes those who believe in the existence of Hell (though Jesus spoke of it often). This week he suggests the fallacy of those who “think the Bible and God condemn gayness.” Saying that after “careful study” he has found the Bible has “precious little to say about homosexual acts.” What’s he talking about? Both the Old and New Testaments consider homosexuality to be sin (See Genesis 19 and Romans 1 for examples), and the “precious little” the Bible says is all bad. God and the Bible actually have some pretty strong opinions on the matter.
Tammeus can believe whatever he wants. But to suggest that God and the Bible don’t condemn homosexuality is patently absurd and asinine beyond belief. Maybe The Star should accommodate Tammeus’ liberal ramblings by publishing him under the category of Opinion rather than Faith.
By the way…..these big-time, liberal indoctrinators, also known as "print newspapers"….are dying a slow (and I think much needed) death. Things like the internet, talk radio, and cable TV news have really been taking a chunk out of the KC Star’s wallet. Now, we can get our news from Fox as opposed to choking down The Star’s left-leaning swill….so there is some cause for hope. In my opinion the only print newspaper worth reading is the Linn County News (www.linncountynews.net). Its NOT skewed with liberalism….it actually allows people like ME to write a column….and MOST IMPORTANTLY….I get weekly updates on what the Murrays are having for dinner in the "Trading Post News." (Ha Ha……Sorry Kirby….But I really DO find it interesting.)
If you’re near Pleasanton, I hope to see you at church tomorrow…..the sermon will be about How to Know You’re a Christian (from 1 John 2:3-6). If you’re NOT near Pleasanton….you will be able to hear the sermon on my blog site within a day or two. Needless to say….it’s a pretty important topic……