Newsweek takes a stand
My friend Mario used to kvetch that it was all well and good for the news media to present both sides of an issue in the name of being fair, but there also comes a time when you just have to take sides for what is right and true. He always felt that some things are not subject to opinion, and the media should develop the backbone to say what's what.
Mario had a great point. Working with him for five years helped me develop a more critical eye regarding all current events. So, I was thrilled to read this from Jon Meacham's Editor's Desk column in this week's Newsweek:
No matter what one thinks about gay rights—for, against or somewhere in between—[the] conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism. Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions that come to us in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt—it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition.
The whole column is great. Meacham is one of my favorite authors. I've talked about his writing on this blog many times. Sometimes I'll be reading some great article about faith in America, and I just think, who wrote this? And it turns out to be Meacham.
Here he is, allowing both himself and his magazine to take a stand, like Mario says they should. The interpretation of scripture that precludes gay marriage is just a wrong interpretation. It flies in the face of human history and biblical precedent. And Newsweek is not afraid to say so.
More power to them.
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