War on the Baptists

Apparently it’s official now. The Lexington Herald-Leader has declared war on the Baptists, and is making daily skirmishes its modus operandi, although it’s tilting at windmills since there’s no high-profile opposition to answer its ravings. It began about 08 April at which time the paper started a run of seven front-page-above-the-fold articles out of nine front pages (six consecutively), complete with huge pictorial displays and equally huge interior sections of the (A) section, devoted to the expulsion by the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., of a student who “outed” himself as homosexual on two Web sites (including details about his “dating life” and pictures of young men kissing each other). The editorialists also had a field day(s) in excoriating the school. In the regulations governing the student body and spelled out in the student’s handbook is the school policy making homosexual behavior cause for expulsion, as well as fornication, adultery, drinking on campus, etc.

Students have doubtlessly participated in a number of prohibited behaviors, but apparently have not gone on the Internet and been either dumb enough to describe their transgressions or in-your-face enough to flaunt them. The expelled student had also expressed the virtual hope on the Web that he would be expelled because he wanted to get away from the school – obviously with good reason. It was an ego trip of immense proportions, since it almost cost him a complete semester’s credit. The paper has made this into a matter so serious as to practically demand Congressional notice, notwithstanding that at least 200 institutions of higher learning in the country have a similar provision governing students, and afforded the space in its “news” accounts to advertise a grand protest of some kind at the school for 19 April, for which the local constabulary recruited law enforcement from around the countryside, expecting disruption on an equally grand scale. The paper said “about 50” showed up, meaning that maybe 35 did…probably about one demonstrator per officer. Certainly, no significant contingent of the UC 1,700-member student body attended.

On 23 April, the paper shifted its focus a bit and went back to front-page-above-the-fold tactics. The college deal had lost its steam, so “reporter/editorialist” John Stamper did a number focusing on the fact that the state had become somehow unwelcoming to the brightest and best brains in the land – those, of course, belonging to homosexuals. The reason (gasp), according to local businessman Alan Hawse as quoted by Stamper: "Bigotry is bad for business and having a governor who is obviously bigoted is fundamentally incompatible with business.” Governor Fletcher recently corrected the requirements of the state hiring plan to its original code involving equal opportunity with respect to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex and age and re-conformed it to federal and state laws. Immediate past governor Paul Patton had by executive order amended the prevailing order by adding as protected classifications sexual-orientation and gender-identity. The order was never actually followed, since to fulfill it an application would have to include the opportunity for an applicant to designate himself/herself as a homosexual or lesbian. Just plain common sense! The front-page article was a huge red herring – actually slander upon the governor – and was beneath contempt on the part of both the paper and the businessman, whose picture was also prominently displayed above the fold.

The focus re-shifted to the Op-Ed page on 24 April, this time by publishing a column by a University of Kentucky student who attempted to apologize on behalf of UC, ostensibly for its administration’s un-Christian action, at least in his view as one not even remotely connected to the situation – another unprofessional, rather silly bit of folderol by the paper…another act of war on the Baptists. Also in the Op-Ed section of the 24th was a column by Christina Gilgor, the executive director of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, headquartered in the state capital to advance the homosexual agenda. Citing Kinsey’s statistics, Gilgor claimed 10 percent, or some 400,000 Kentuckians, are homosexual, a claim so absurd as to be laughable. This is the organization represented at the Easter egg-roll at the governor’s mansion by homosexuals and/or their sympathizers wearing some sort of leis or necklaces designed to flaunt their homosexuality as “normal parents.”

The thrust of the column had to do with the fact that the legislature recently voted $10,000,000 of coal-severance taxes (not general-fund monies) to be granted to UC for the purpose of setting up a college of pharmacy, there being only one in the entire state at a time when the state is short by some 400-500 pharmacists. The Alliance is planning a legal challenge. Governor Fletcher did not line-item-veto the allocation, but posited his approval upon whether or not the grant is constitutional. The courts will probably decide the issue.

So…the war is declared against both the Baptists and the governor, who happens also to be an ordained minister as well as a former fighter-pilot, state legislator, and U.S. Congressman. If what has happened in the last two weeks or so is any indication of what the paper, as far-left as a paper can get, has in store, the war, especially against the Baptists, will be practically a daily undertaking, complete with front-page coverage, pictures, etc. The H-L has already proven its ruthlessness and elitist demeanor by attacking Southland Christian Church, Lexington’s largest church, last December, the governor’s prayer breakfast a short while later, and the University of the Cumberlands and the governor currently. Its agenda is inordinately homosexually oriented, notwithstanding the public’s rejection of that lifestyle, as indicated graphically in 2004, when same-sex marriage was outlawed constitutionally by voter referendum, as well as benefits to shack-up couples and their families. Individual companies can do what they like, but they will put their money where their mouths are, not the monies of the state.

Note: The student issue was front-page-above-the-fold again on the 25th in connection with the news that the governor did not veto the pharmacy-college funding for UC, but let it stand on the condition that the courts rule it constitutional or not. The student’s remark: "I think (Fletcher) chose to fund bigotry and discrimination rather than to promote equality throughout Kentucky." Each individual provides his own definition of bigotry, but the term is thrown around loosely. The KFA, ACLU, and the Kentucky Equality Association (a pro-homosexual outfit) have already announced their decision to challenge the funding.