Outrage of the Week

Fantasy author Lars Walker – a welcome visitor to this site – has an amazing true story to tell over at our friends The American Culture.   It’s rightly entitled “Outrage”:

I attend a Lutheran congregation in north Minneapolis, one that belongs to the church body I work for. It’s large but not huge. The senior pastor has made himself visible in the media for a number of years as a critic of the liberal church, and of modern trends such as universalism, women’s ordination, higher criticism of the Bible, and the normalization of homosexuality. He is a single man.

Last night, while watching local news on television, I discovered that he’d been “outed” as a homosexual.

He was not discovered in a “gay” bar. He was not discovered having sex with another man in a public rest room.  According to the news accounts I’ve seen (emanating from liberal sources) he was discovered attending a support and accountability group in a Roman Catholic church. He was speaking honestly, to men he trusted, about his struggles, slips, and temptations.

Read the whole thing here – really, do.  The reporter invaded this pastor’s support group in order to expose the man as he chastely wrestled with  his unwelcomed desires.

Which sparks my scientific curiosity, raising questions for future research.  For instance, how does this reporter live with himself?  Is moral self-blindness like his born or do you have to create it in a lab?  And who assigned the story and how does he shave now that he can’t look at himself in the mirror?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Listen, anyone who happens to care knows that I see nothing wrong or sinful in loving homosexual relationships.  But I respect those who do see it as sin, as long as they’re not directing hatred at persons but merely declaring their interpretation of scripture and tradition in relation to actions.

Now here’s a man – a pastor – in the incredibly painful position of believing his own desires to be sinful per se.  With courage and integrity, he preaches that belief and deals with his own suffering by turning for support in private to like-minded peers.  A reporter who enters that meeting (and according to Walker, the journo agreed to the group’s confidentiality rules) and then exposes this pastor’s private life, is committing an act of pure, unvarnished hatred unacceptable to any side in this argument.  He should be fired, along with the editor who assigned the story and anyone who approved it.  Shame on them.  It absolutely stinks.

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  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Thanks for the link. I’m overwhelmed to receive any notice from an author I respect as much as I do you.

  • Nora Charles

    Hi Andrew,
    As a former journalist, I might be able to provide some insight into what this reporter was thinking.

    First, he’s after a ‘good’ story – Good as in hot, sensational, salacious, controversial – because that’s ‘newsworthy’.

    Sadly newsworthy is a subjective opinion, accountable to no one. The reporter, more specifically his editors decide what’s ‘newsworthy’ and they do this through the filter of their own biases.

    One of the hot button biases is ‘hypocrisy’, specifically what they see as religious hypocrisy – not appreciating though, there is a difference between being an advocate for the ideal but falling short of it oneself and never truly holding beliefs one espouses.

    Unfortunately, this journalist sleeps very well at night. He doesn’t care that he has ruined a man’s reputation for nothing nor harmed countless good works that he was instrumental in.

    He sleeps with the (self) righteous contentment of someone who had upheld the highest (liberal) virtue – ‘exposing hypocrisy’.

    And his editors are right behind him.

    In Australia we also have a cultural phenomenon known as ‘the tall poppy syndrome’, in which someone who is high profile or successful has to be ‘cut down to size’.

    It would appear that the media universally operates this way.

    I’m very sorry to hear about this story, for the countless repercussions it will have in his community.

    It points out the need for new media players to hold the media to account. It highlights the need to pray for and under gird our pastoral team.

    Examples like the one you’ve highlighted here is the reason why I left the profession.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    For the record, the piece was freelance-written, and picked up by a local gay publication. It disseminated into the wider media from that point, and–to be fair–many stories questioned the ethics of the original publication. But it didn’t stop them printing the pastor’s name.

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