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.
My brother's name is Matthew. The youngest of five children, he is the son of an Alexandria born, World War II veteran father and a Dawson native mother. Our parents raised us in the Christian faith including regular church attendance and daily family prayer. Most importantly, they taught us to live the faith we professed. Both were lifelong Eisenhower Republicans and active in our home community and church. Matthew is 47 years old, an ordained minister, and after a successful decade of service in the ministry, he has enjoyed a distinguished career in the nonprofit and corporate worlds.
What lesson can be learned about the recent, recorded exchange of information among some local clergymen in a casual setting? Perhaps, it would be a lesson for some on self-righteousness or a lesson on the use of secular power. Maybe it is simply a lesson in espionage. In my opinion, it could be a lesson in all three, despite the fact that this meeting was all about politics and less to do with religion. And resembling less of a democracy and more of a totalitarian approach to dissention.
Support the dairy farmer tax. Vote Republican. Randy Olson Sunburg
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.
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
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
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.
What kinds of values are being preached in Minnesota churches? Are some denominations targeted with scripted pro-administration values to pass on to their congregations? The basic message of my church has been one of love for one another. President George Bush's actions and policies of funding cuts to programs for children, the poor, and veterans' care while touting his Christianity are hypocrisy full blown.