The Mason City (Iowa) Globe-Gazette has been running a series of uncritical articles on Soulforce, a gay activist group. Soulforce has been traveling to Christian colleges around the country "seeking dialog" and pressuring the colleges to repudiate Christian doctrine by adopting gay rights policies. Members of the group have been arrested in various locations.
The Globe-Gazette is getting reports from a Soulforce member who hails from Mason City. In the latest article (see http://www.globegazette.com/articles/2007/04/05/latest_news/doc46157c49f...) about a Soulforce event at Bob Jones University, the reporter appears to accept the man's description of the hateful behavior of the university's representatives. Dean Genth was quoted as saying, “They were yelling and screaming and flailing their Bibles in the air. They were telling us that we were going to go to hell and we need to turn away from our wicked ways.” Another quote from Genth: “Bob Jones University is a very cloistered campus. It has a big iron fence all the way around it. The students don’t have a lot of liberty to come and go at will. On this stop we were totally barred from any access to the students.” The only apparent attempt to learn the other side of the story is a brief quote from BJU's website. Nothing in the story states or even implies that a phone call was placed to the university seeking comment.
An earlier article (see http://www.globegazette.com/articles/2007/03/18/local/doc45fcbcf95e7d868...) shows the same one-sided MO.
The Globe-Gazette might just as well be the Soulforce Newsletter.
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