We support Sen. Dean Johnson in the difficult matter of a recent private conversation with pastoral colleagues concerning the proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.
How can Sen. Dean Johnson have the audacity to state, "I have no respect for professional clergy who conduct themselves in this manner" in reference to the recording of his untruthful statements to his fellow colleagues? If that's not the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what it. Does Pastor Johnson have respect for himself for lying to the pastors? His constituents would have some respect for him if he didn't try to direct blame for his conduct to someone else. Pastor Brent Waldemarsen is not to blame.
The issue of Senator Johnson versus Pastor Waldemarsen is indeed a smokescreen, to distract from God's absolute truth. I wonder how a minister can be a leader called by God for his people and at the same time pick and choose which books of the Bible he will validate and which ones he won't. People today are thirsty for God's truth and not for washed down, feel-good religion. Last time I checked my Bible, the Book of Leviticus was still part of it and Leviticus 18:22 states that "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.
Leviticus 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death." The use of Leviticus to condemn and reject homosexuals is obviously a hypocritical, selective use of the Bible against gays and lesbians. Nobody today tries to keep all the laws of Leviticus. Leviticus 11:1-12 states that all unclean animals are forbidden as food, including rabbits, pigs, oysters, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, and clams.
Since the first serpent reared its cunning head in the Garden of Eden, society has lived with snakes among us. Why, then, should we be surprised by the recent taping at a local ministerial meeting? Alice Johnson New London
I must commend Brent Waldemarsen for his nerve and desire to expose Dean Johnson. I know it's never good to do things undercover, but for the good of all, it was a courageous thing to do. Dean Johnson has lied and deceived us long enough. It's time for a change. Caroline Kreps Willmar
The March 17 edition of the West Central Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune is a tale of two newspapers. The West Central Tribune's headline focused on the ethics of taping a public ministerial meeting in which Sen. Dean Johnson made untruthful statements to his ministerial colleagues. The focus was on the ethics of the recording, not the ethics of the statements Johnson made.
Outside the margins of any great book, the reader will hear the author's voice whispering its essence. The mindful reader listens and is enlightened. I'm a gay male, born and raised in New London. When you talk to me about social marginalization, you're 'preaching to the choir'. Pondering Senator Dean Johnson's taped conversation with the NL-S Ministerial Association, I can only roll my eyes. I scoff at Mr. Johnson, the NL-S Ministerial Association, its organizer Bill Miller, and the lecherous "tape-recorder" himself, Mr.
I'm not worried about the ethics of Senator Dean Johnson; he has proven again and again that he is a man of exemplary character. What I am concerned about is the petty piety of the self-righteous minister with the red-hot tape recorder. I bet he thought Christmas had come early this year, when he was a guest at that ministerial meeting, and was excited as a little boy eavesdropping on his parent's conversation about Christmas gifts. Entrapment is such a nasty, dark-alley kind of word. When Senator Johnson decided to go into politics he knew it was a dirty game.
In response to the headlines and stories in the West Central Tribune on March 17 and 18, I say Senator Johnson knows that many of his constituents do not favor the proposed constitutional amendment concerning marriage. I applaud the position he has taken and his courage in standing up to his critics. Eleanor Swanson New London