There seems to be a large amount of confusion and misinformation surrounding the taping of Sen. Dean Johnson's comments on the defense of marriage amendment at a New London pastors' meeting. I am a member of Harvest Community Church and Brent Waldemarsen is my pastor. I know that Waldemarsen has taken every opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the taping, but unfortunately, that message does not seem to be getting out in the local paper. First of all, this was not an informal lunch with fellow pastors, as Johnson first tried to characterize it.
The overwhelming suggestions and responses from the marriage protection people and concerned Minnesota citizens state concerning comprehensive and complete marriage protection have been incredible. We have also seen at least one local church leader that has been brave enough to risk criminal prosecution and violate the confidence of his own colleagues by secretly taping a closed and private conversation that indicated another colleague could well be trying to prevent people from wasting precious time and effort on a smokescreen issue that probably won't go anywhere anyway.
I have been reading the letters about the marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution with some interest. I can see some validity on both sides of the question, and there are valid quotes from Scripture that seem to support both sides. However, I would suggest that the Bible doesn't really align itself readily with either extreme. The Scriptures do tell us to love our neighbor, our enemies, and everything in between.
Republicans have filed an ethics complaint against Senator Dean Johnson, saying his conduct has brought disgrace to the Senate.
Sometimes it is hard to get all the facts into one short letter. Earl O. Knutson made the comment in his letter (Public Forum, Feb. 27) that I had not told all the truth. I believe he finished my point, that it is supply and demand that establishes the price at the pump. Oil companies average 10 cents profit per gallon of gas (the government's tax is about three times that amount or more). He mentioned that thermostats were turned down and people put on sweaters and used less fuel. That caused the demand to go down which increased supply, making my point.
Regarding the letters in the West Central Tribune on the marriage amendment, my question is whether a tape is made of the meeting on Jan. 19 or not, to me, isn't the issue. God is listening, is he not? Priscilla Wasberg Spicer
To those who continue to denigrate, disparage, run down, besmirch, revile, smear, vilify, badmouth, and defame Sen. Dean Elton Johnson, I say this: You have earned the right to continue to snipe, but only if your own life is completely blameless and sin-free. You can't ever have made a single mistake! Because, if you cannot say that you, yourself, are above reproach, then you need to back off. Jesus put it much better than I ever could.
I'm having a hard time understanding something. We have an elected official who lied. Why is all the focus on someone else? Sen. Dean Johnson is to represent us -- he was voted for. He lied. Shouldn't that upset us all? What else has he "sanded the truth" from? I was at the Capitol with the group from Willmar two years ago when we were told we could not tape him. My then 16-year-old son had brought a video camera as he was going to tape our meeting with Johnson for school. We were very disappointed when told no one could tape him. At the time I thought it rather odd.
One of Sen. Dean Johnson's jobs at the Capitol is to protect the constitution. The constitution was written by people who were a lot smarter than the religious zealots who are trying to change it. I know that the senator's moral and religious beliefs are far above the hate-mongers who are trying to slander him. Glen Rambow Raymond
The proponents of the marriage amendment have suffered a setback. I don't know what the pastor who released the tape was thinking. We assume he thought that once Sen. Dean Johnson's comments were exposed, the public would be repulsed by the senator's duplicity. Where has he been? Has he been out of the university so long that he thinks truth matters? For years now the professors of the left have been indoctrinating us with the philosophy that says truth is whatever you want it to be. Johnson is a model student.