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.
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.
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.
We've all heard and read about the pickle our state senator's gotten himself into, but there's one possibility I've never read about or heard discussed. Isn't there a possibility Dean Johnson was telling the truth the first time and now he has to "embellish the truth" by making peace with his friends in the Supreme Court? (As if they'll ever talk to him in confidence again!) Hey, anything's possible. I did something in the last congressional election I said I'd never do in my lifetime -- I voted for a Kennedy! See, anything's possible! John Tradup Willmar
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.
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.
This meeting of the ministers, with Senator Johnson as the speaker was only for one reason, and that was for the senator to gain support for his support of not letting a vote come up on the Defense of Marriage Amendment. The senator used the power of the title supreme court justice and to make it more effective, he added the chief justice. This had to get the attention of the ministers.