The Final Word
March 28, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2015 at 8:51 a.m.
With the appearance today in the LNJ of an advertisement, I hope this whole controversy will finally die down. I doubt it, based on a commentary that also appeared today, but hope springs eternal.
To me, the bottom line is this: If you don't agree with a religion, or a philosophy or a point of view, that's fine. You're entitled to do so. But, if you take those views and use them as justification to challenge the integrity or commitment of others, then you should expect some to fire back. And, if you make your comments in a public way, expect the blowback to be public as well.
My compliments to all those who were outraged and offended by Pastor Stone's bigotry and his blatant attempt to persuade people that those who planned and executed the Unity and Diversity Committee's Lunch were part of some nefarious and subtle attempt to undermine his beliefs.
Well done to all who recognized Pastor Stone's agenda and had the courage and commitment to forge and reply and stand up for their principles just as the good pastor did. Let's also hope that it will be repeated whenever something like this happens again.