"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Good News with Your Newspaper

Editor and Publisher reports that a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette,, distributed more than 90,000 copies of the New Testament with home-delivered copies of the paper, in an effort funded by the Colorado Springs-based International Bible Society. The organization had earlier sent nearly a half-million copies of the Gospel of Luke with the Houston Chronicle and nearly another 100,000 with a Jackson, Mississippi, newspaper. They plan to do more of this.

The Gazette's vice president of sales and marketing reported that the paper had "received about two dozen calls and e-mails, with about half pleased to get the Bibles and half not so pleased," according to the E&P story. The report also noted that a local non-Christian religious organization was perturbed by the "gift" and had offered to collect the books from any offended subscribers and distribute them to local Christian-run homeless shelters—even though the books were written by people raised in their own faith, I should like to add.

That is a quite interesting reaction from a group of people given to trumpeting their personal open-mindedness and rationality and the liberalism of their ideas. The liberal point of view, however, revels in the free exchange of ideas and information. These people are the opposite of liberal. They are radical secularists.

May I just say that in my opinion, those who went to the trouble to take offense at this free gift are a lot of extraordinarily pathetic losers? Would that offend anybody? Read about it here.

4 comments:

Tlaloc said...

"That is a quite interesting reaction from a group of people given to trumpeting their personal open-mindedness and rationality and the liberalism of their ideas. The liberal point of view, however, revels in the free exchange of ideas and information. These people are the opposite of liberal. They are radical secularists."

Odd response given that they simply offered to redistribute the bibles from people who didn't want them to those who did. If they had tried to sieze the books, or had a festival to burn them in response, your observation might have some bearing on reality. As it is though you simply create a huge and obvious leap into the nether regions of bias.

Hunter Baker said...

I think it's the perturbation and "offense" at receipt of the Bibles that served as the basis of Mr. Karnick's annoyance, not the offer to collect them and donate to a local shelter or church.

Tlaloc said...

I'd imagine a goodly number of Christians would be upset at having the Satanic Bible left on their doorstop. Few people like it when others try to convert them. Surely those who were Christian already had a bible on hand.

S. T. Karnick said...

Well, at least Tlaloc has finally been honest in revealing his attitude, if perhaps unintentionally: to him Christianity is only as legitimate as Satanism.—STK