Thomas is no columnist


Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 9:37 p.m.

Hard to believe The Gainesville Sun's publication of material that so vigorously defames religious beliefs in America. I refer to the column by Cal Thomas on New Year's Day.

In four paragraphs, Thomas manages to condemn the Congregationalist for not believing in "ministerial authority or church hierarchy" and instead choosing "direct contact with God" and "to sort out truth for himself." He discredits Howard Dean because his "wife is Jewish and his two children are being raised Jewish." He ridicules Dean for hailing from New England, which is a "vast Unitarian wasteland."

Such a harmful and vindictive attack on American beliefs certainly has not been seen in a presidential contest since John F. Kennedy came under fire for being Roman Catholic. But further, Thomas reveals himself a Neanderthal thinker.

The cited Congregationalist view dates to Martin Luther in 1518 and is part-and-parcel of the Protestant Revolution. The historical role of Jews and childbearers certainly needs no defense against a lightweight-come-lately like Cal Thomas. And Unitarian beliefs date back to 1550 and have included the British founder of modern chemistry, Joseph Priestley, and the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A search for Cal Thomas on Google reveals much about his classification as a "conservative columnist." But it takes a good deal more research to learn that he was a flack for Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority in the 1980s. Thomas is less a columnist than a religious bigot. But the real fault lies with The Sun's editors who chose to print such tripe.

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