Out this week is the full length Newsweek article by senior religion editor Lisa Miller profiling Houston’s Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell.
Calling him “Obama’s Other Pastor”, Miller cited my vocal opposition to Caldwell’s rather unscrupulous act of removing Metanoia ministry from his church website after gay activists supporting Obama protested. Metanoia’s stated mission was to help people overcome unwanted homosexual issues. Caldwell admitted that he had the church site scrubbed clean because he didn’t want to cause the Obama campaign “unnecessary angst”.
That’s like telling your stepchild to go hide in the back room when your lover comes creeping because they don’t like the child. Then, when the disapproving lover leaves said child is free to come out again. That’s what Caldwell claims he will do once Obama does or doesn’t get into office.
In January, gay groups discovered a ministry called Metanoia on the Windsor Village Web site whose stated aim was to help homosexuals understand with God’s help that “change was possible” (euphemistic language for “curing” gays). After the groups launched a small battery of protests online, Caldwell says, he received a call from the Obama campaign. “They asked, ‘What is Metanoia?,’ and they commenced to say they had gotten some calls.” Not wishing to cause his candidate any “unnecessary angst,” Caldwell voluntarily took the ministry off the Web site, though the ministry itself, which he says was started at the request of church members, remained open. Metanoia, he adds, will be back online soon.”
Its really a sad commentary on a so called conservative preacher/pastor.
Read our first story Kirbyjon Caldwell, Obama’s six degrees of separation
Update 10/12/08 Check out Getreligion.org post discussing how Lisa Millers’ use of quotes in the article. Getreligion said it amounted to “cheap gimmicks of telegraphing opinion in a news article.”