Many observers have noted that lack of knowledge of military affairs is an Achilles heel for the liberal media. It occurs to me that lack of scripture knowledge may be in the same category, after seeing two rather humorous stories today. First, Senator Sam Brownback quotes Jesus, and gets accused of an anti-gay slur:
Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, a potential presidential candidate, said Monday he meant no offense to homosexuals when he used the word “fruits” in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
In a lengthy profile titled “God’s Senator,” the magazine quotes the Kansas Republican as criticizing countries like Sweden that allow civil unions between same-sex couples.
“You’ll know them by their fruits,” Brownback said, quoting a biblical passage from Matthew 7:19.
Rolling Stone writer Jeff Sharlet said in the story, appearing in the magazine’s current issue, that Brownback appeared to be calling gay Swedes “fruits,” a derogatory term for homosexuals.
Next, via Best of the Web, is Newsweek’s misunderstanding of Jerry Falwell. Newsweek’s article is about evengelical colleges’ enthusiastic embrace of college debate, in which Falwell’s Liberty University is currently ranked number one in the country. Newsweek says–rather ominously, I thought–that evangelical leaders are hoping to train a generation of conservative lawyers and judges. Not a bad idea, actually. Here is how Newsweek originally quoted Falwell:
We are training debaters who can perform assault ministry, meaning becoming the conscience of the culture.
And here is Newsweek’s correction:
Correction: In the original version of this report, NEWSWEEK misquoted Falwell as referring to “assault ministry.” In fact, Falwell was referring to “a salt ministry”