If so, I'd like to hear from them because, if I had written that gem, I would be thinking of blaming it on an impersonator, or, if that didn't work, temporary insanity.
Here's the editorial, in case you don't read the Seattle Times regularly.
As you can see, the editorial writer contrasted the Westboro Baptist Church (Boo!) with the pope (Yay!) on their attitudes toward gays.
That's a silly comparison, for all sorts of reasons, but if I commented on every silly editorial I read, I wouldn't have time to do anything else.
Where the editorial went beyond the merely silly is in these two sentences:
In a few careful but theologically expansive words, the pontiff moved his church ahead by centuries.
. . .
The pope knows his way around the sacred text and he is expressing its holy message.
You don't need to know a lot about Catholic theology (or most other theologies), to know that Catholics believe their religious truths are eternal, that they haven't changed in more than two millennia — and shouldn't.
To understand what's wrong with the second sentence, consider this one, which is an almost equally arrogant put down: The editorial writer knows how to write actual sentences.
For the record: What the pope said was merely a restatement of an old Christian doctrine, that you should hate the sin, but love the sinner. (Those who are interested in why he said it the way he did may want to read this post for a possible explanation.)
I'll end with one parting thought and two jokes.
For some years I have been expecting the Seattle Times to lose a civil rights lawsuit because of their hostile attitudes toward traditional religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church. This editorial gives us one more reason to think that will happen, possibly soon.
I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Catholic Church. Would the editorial writers at the Seattle Times understand that joke? Probably not, but they might understand this one: "Not that there is anything wrong with that."
Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.Posted by Jim Miller at August 05, 2013 02:12 PM | Email This