You’d expect a journalist to know never to send emails that he doesn’t want to come back to haunt him. But Maine Morning Sentinel reporter Larry Grard must live in the old school, where carbon copies of things can be destroyed with a pocket lighter, because he fired off an email to the Human Rights Campaign’s media relations office — upset with a a release from the org saying Question 1 passed because of anti-gay hatred. Grard told HRC that, as a Christian, he took offense to it. And then HRC contacted Grard’s editor and voiced their concerns, but supposedly never demanded Grard be fired — but the Sentinel did so anyway. Now that is effecting change.
@ Don East:
I think many of us make the distinction of whether or not we actually chose certain beliefs, especially religious ones. 97% of religious people “inherit” their denomination from their parents. There isn’t a “explore religion and then pick one,” we are typically what our parents are.
If Jerry Falwell was born in Kuwait he would have been a Muslim.
Opinions are a lot different than religious beliefs. Those beliefs are created at a very young age, in a very authoritative environment, and become somewhat intractable.
The good news is that young people (during the last 30 years) have been exploring more. The number of “religious” people continues to decline – replaced by spiritual or non-religious. Plus, many denominations are now splitting to separate the conservative believers from the progressive believers.
ALL good news.
I don’t think the Reporter should have been fired for his beliefs. But, at the same time, I recognize that HRC actually accomplished something. It’s rare to see that.