Not a Gaffe

August 31, 2006

After Katherine Harris told the Florida Baptist Witness that the separation of church and state was a “lie,” she was rightly criticized by many. However, some critics seemed to downplay the significance of the statement by calling it a “gaffe.” For instance, this language was used in an Orlando Sentinel column, a Slate Magazine piece, and elsewhere.

However, to call the Harris comment a “gaffe” is to completely miss the seriousness of the situation. After all, a gaffe is a mistake or an error. Sometimes it is even used to describe when someone says something that is true but just socially impolite to say. Neither meaning is appropriate for the Harris comment.

This was not a mistake. That is to say, she did not say something she did not believe. There are too many Christians that that honestly believe that the historic principle of separation is really a “lie.” She likely did not want the mainstream media attention to the comment, but she did not mistakenly say something she does not believe. Additionally, the second meaning of “gaffe” is entirely wrong since there is no truth to her comment.

It is time for real and mainstream Baptists to be very clear about comments such as the recent one by Harris. Let us not water down our language and give her out. Her statement was not a “gaffe.” It was a lie!

5 comments

  1. Bush's Gift Horse has Hoof in Mouth, again!

    Hello Kaylor and all,

    This gets to the root of the problem of deluded and greedy politicians who seek to impose their own ignorance on millions of others. Because of our reliance on money, politics, and religion, we are teetering on the verge of worldwide disaster. Idiots like Ms. Harris couldn't care less about everyone else as long as they get their hands on wealth and power, even if it means pretending to serve the Creator. It is long past time that people stand up for truth and justice and give these scoundrels their due.

    Read more here...

    Peace...

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  2. She's a bear to work for too!

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  3. I have posted some thought provoking audio regarding this topic. It's definitely worth listening to and pondering. The speech was given some time ago - but it has born out to be true as the last 20 years can attest. It was addressed to and directed toward believers. It's not political - but spiritual in nature. Here's the link...

    The dangers of a false view of reality

    thanks,
    Roger

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  4. Do newspapers have religion writers anymore? Are there people in the media who really understand the rhetoric and lies of people like Harris and others who have an extremist agenda?

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  5. Thanks everyone for commenting!

    seven star hand: I agree with you that Harris has problems, but I do not share most of you conclusions. I hope you will spend more time reading the Bible and less time developing some of the ideas you have been working on.

    kevin bussey: I am intrigued (though not surprised)! Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy reading your thoughts and recommend others to check out your blog here.

    roger: Thanks for posting the link. I have not had a chance to listen to it yet, but I will get to it at some point.

    notthesun: There are some, but not at every newspaper (especially the smaller ones). A good site that covers how the media covers religion is GetReligion.

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