He’s been labouring tirelessly all these years, but (therefore?) doesn’t see the answer right in front of him…
However, in his interview with Palin, Gibson said: “You said recently, in your old church, ‘Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.’ Are we fighting a holy war?”
Palin responded: “You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.”
Gibson fired back: “Exact words.”
Not exactly. Palin was reminding the worshipers to pray that God had a plan in Iraq and that decisions made by America’s leaders would be consistent with that plan. She was not, as Gibson said, claiming that this was a certainty.
The bottom line: It may be time to circulate a basic “How Evangelicals Talk” phrase book that can be used in elite newsrooms, much like the one that journalists needed when Gov. Jimmy “born again” Carter first emerged on the national scene.
So quaint. Mattingly still thinks a “phrase book” or somesuch would matter. The answer is in his own last sentence, mentioning how long this situation has been going on.
What he and his fellow columnists don’t “get” is that journalists in elite newsrooms are a self-selected breed of liberal/leftwing secular “do-gooders.”
They don’t want to “understand” evangelicals. They want to destroy them.
The real solution is for all of us to simply stop reading newspapers. Which, of course, has started already.