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    May 26, 2008

    Gays vs. Christians? Really?

    Posted by: Chris

    Frontpage What's wrong with this headline in today's Washington Times?

    Christians, gays not of one accord

    Well, it's misleading and inaccurate. The article is about "30 conservative black Pentecostals from Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., dining with 30 activists from Soulforce, a pro-gay religious group."

    So why are the conservatives labeled "Christians" in the headline and not the gays? Soulforce is non-denominational but much of its membership is Christian. The group's founder, Mel White, is a Christian minister himself and a former ghostwriter for Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.

    An accurate headline would have been: "Conservative and gay Christians not of one accord."

    Clearly there's a limit to what we can expect from the "new and improved" Washington Times, still the most homophobic big city newspaper in America.

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    1. Tim C on May 26, 2008 12:23:14 PM:

      I've lost track: Is the Washington Times still run by the Unification Church (Rev. Sun Myung Moon)?

    1. Christopher Aqurette on May 27, 2008 1:40:30 AM:

      In contemporary informal English, the comma often replace "and". I think that is what happened here.

    1. Tim C on May 27, 2008 8:11:53 AM:

      Christopher, comma or 'and', the headline still implies two separate, non-intersecting groups.

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