Something I read recently made me feel very annoyed... And slightly angry. For those who don't keep up with the conservative columnists on Townhall.com (and the only reason I do is because I'm a total nerd,) Mike S. Adams is one of the most popular ones. He's a conservative professor at UNC Wilmington, a former atheist and born-again Christian. He often comments on political issues, especially at the college campus level. You can read some of his stuff on the site.
Now the description sounds great on paper, but I'm not too big a fan of Dr. Adams. He's rather crude in his writing and often talks about how much he enjoys "making fun" of liberals, feminists, etc. His website has a section in which he responds, usually humorously, to hate mail. This was the latest entry (I've taken the liberty of removing spelling errors, since they annoy me too.)
"Mr. Adams: Your columns are among the most insensitive I have ever read. George Will and other true conservatives must be embarrassed by your rants. Have you given no thought to the needs of the many young boys who are experiencing gender identity crises?
I don't know if that qualifies as hate mail, and I'm not sure if Lauren was speaking from a conservative or liberal stance about the "special needs" of a boy with a gender identity crisis. Either way, I was shocked by Dr. Adams's response. I've taken the liberty of removing his use of expletives, for obvious reasons.
"Hi Lauren. I agree with you that young boys experiencing gender identity confusion have special needs. I have given the matter considerable thought. I think a young boy who thinks he's a girl needs a serious [expletive] whipping. Parents who hear a child whining that he feels like a girl trapped in a boy's body should attend to his needs by whipping his [expletive] immediately.
As you can see, Lauren, I've given serious thought to this matter. Is there any other subject about which you wish to survey my thoughts or feelings?
Ahem. Yeah that pretty much made my jaw drop too. I realize that Adams is a humorist, but as a Christian, he should know better than that. I know he's not idiotic enough to actually think that [expletive] whippings are going to cure gender identity confusion. I hope he doesn't think that titling his articles "Martin Luther Queen, Jr.," "The Fruits Of Wrath," and "The Old Rugged Cross-Dresser" is going to help him convert gays to Christianity. And then there's a recent stunt of his, in which he encouraged some Christian students to hang up 1,000 posters of two men engaged in sodomy around campus just one hour before parents arrived for Parent's Weekend. True, the posters were from a school-supported gay magazine and even had the words "Celebrate Diversity" on them. But if Adams thought that his stunt was in any way, shape or form Christlike, then he and I aren't serving the same Christ. I'm not even getting started on his idea for "Marry Anything Day." Ugh.
Which brings me to my final point. I usually don't mind pundits at all. I especially like them when they talk about politics from a Christian perspective, yet I do not like Adams. The love, the compassion, the hope and humility that is in Christianity is not evident in his writings. He talks about how much the gays are ruining this country, but the solution he writes about only involves shutting them up, not helping them find Christ. He continues to make mean jokes, put people down, all in the name of humor. I'm sure it gets him a lot of readers: I just hope that it doesn't cost him something much greater. My biggest suggestion to people like Adams (that means you, Ann Coulter) is to either be a Christian -- which means openly express the healing and forgiveness which can be brought through Jesus Christ, not just the doctrinal opinions -- or get out of the building.
I may be alone in this. I am writing a little too emotionally right now. What do you guys think of Dr. Adams? (I suggest you read some of his articles before you comment.)
P.S. The "building" that I refer to is not Christianity. By no means do I think that anyone should leave the church just because they're not the most savory character. I'm referring to conservative commentary in the name of Christianity. Just wanted to make that clear.