September 27, 2011

The Christian Post: Misquoted Me & Creates Firestorm

I did a few interviews yesterday after the New York Times article was published. One of the interviews was with the Christian Post. I can understand their interest in the story, as the beneficiary of the Jewish Giving Network and Charity Give Back Group’s affiliate marketing agreement are Christian organizations.

I was quoted in the article as saying:

"I'm a Christian and I object to the views of these organizations. I have a problem with people who wrap themselves in Scripture. That’s not the same Scripture I know."

The quote created a firestorm of comments, and quite a few emails to my inbox. What I actually said was the following:

"I’m a Christian and I object to the views of these organizations. I have a problem with people who wrap themselves in scripture, in order to justify hateful speech. That's not the scripture I know."

I have emailed the reporter, and the Christian Post and asked them to correct the article. There is quite a difference in how you might interpret what I said.

I have written extensively about verbal homicides, and also blogged about what I think about politicians and religious leaders hiding behind the bible to justify vitriolic rhetoric. Anyone is free to review what I’ve written in order to confirm this.

I’m confident that they will correct the record.

The first “hate” email I received yesterday, was from Mickey Mathis, a 78 year old woman, from Brownwood, Texas. Ms Mathis wrote:

“Economic terrorism.  Human garbage and sewer slime.  If a conservative doesn't like something he doesn't buy it. You bastards want to destroy everything that might DISAGREE WITH YOU.  Crawl back in the gutter you scum”

She plagiarized the “economic terrorism” line from former Arkansas Governor Mike Fuckabee. Sticks and stones may hurt my bones but, you know the rest. I can only say bring it on.
 

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