Thursday, July 23, 2009
Oklahoma Baptist Paper Takes Lying to Pravda Level
I never thought I would see the day that Baptists resorted to not just lying, but damnable lying. Photo shopping a picture to present a false story, complete with forged signatures of the Governor of Oklahoma & the Sec. of State, is not just lying but propaganda on par with Pravda.
Sally Kern is the OK state senator who has a habit of saying things that make Christians look really stupid. (See Big Daddy Weave's blog for some links.) Seems she has been trying to get a Christian Nation proclamation (under the guise of a "Morality" proclamation) passed in the OK Legislature. You know: more David Barton bull & Randy Forbes fibs.
Somehow the Baptist Messenger --- the official Oklahoma Baptist newspaper --- ran a picture of the governor signing the proclamation, complete with the Oklahoma state deal & signature of the Oklahoma Sec. of State. Problem is the proclamation was not passed; the governor did not sign it; the entire thing was a downright, out-&-out lie.
Thou shalt not bear false witness ... --- Exodus 20:16. KJV
Bruce Prescott at Mainstream Baptist has a piece on the story. The Lost Ogle.com has some details.
Don't say things, or make people think things, that ain't ... --- Exodus 20:16, TBAR version.
I understand that the Baptist Messenger has issued an apology. That is not enough. Apologies are for mistakes, errors, or accidents. This goes far beyond those.
Even if the people at the Baptist Messenger mistakenly ran the picture, why would they have such a thing in their possession anyway? A picture that is photo shopped? Why? It can't possibly be a joke --- there is nothing funny about the story, even if it were true. Did the people at the Baptist Messenger believe they were doing God's Will, like the Taliban does with Allah, & wanted faith running the state gov't? Are the Tali-Christians taking control of the Baptist Messenger & the gov't of the state of Oklahoma?
Where is the sanity in all this?
Don't say things that ain't true, no matter how bad you want it to be true. --- Exodus 20:16, my oldest son's version when he was 5 years old.
Maybe the people at the Baptist Messenger need to take a course in secular ethics since Biblical teachings seem to have no meaning to them