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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Gospel Porn


I have never read (nor even heard of) the magazine Gospel Today. Apparently, I should. It is a big hit among evangelicals.

Except not this month. This current issue is being pulled from shelves of Christian bookstores so that the children won't see it. According to the publisher:

“They basically treated it like pornography and put it behind the counter,” she said. “Unless a person goes into the store and asks for it, they won’t see it displayed.”
Juicy? A racy cover?
A little soft-core gospel porn? A scantilly-dressed Christian music star showing skin for sexually confused teenage boys who think it is the Holy Spirit who sends them into rapture? Maybe a bare-chested gospel stud who's gone gay? Nope. Nothing of the kind.

The current issue of Gospel Today features clergy women on the cover, dressed in black with high collars. For the Southern Baptists, that is downright devilish. Might as well be porn.

According to an AP article in today's Johnson City Press:



The five women on the cover are dressed in black and smiling — not an uncommon strategy for selling magazines.

But these cover girls are women of the cloth, featured in Gospel Today magazine’s latest issue, which the Southern Baptist Convention has pulled from the shelves at its bookstores, though the magazine is available for sale upon request.

The group says women pastors go against its beliefs, according to its interpretation of the New Testament.



I do love the Southern Baptists. You can't make this up.



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