Friday, April 15, 2005

Free speech for pastors

I thought this story was disappointing, especially in lieu of how the question was answered. A church pastor was fired from talk-show host position at Word-FM (Pittsburgh), following his answer to a call-in question about the Pope's eternal destination. The answer seemed rather tactful. The station claimed he was fired for other reasons. Of course the timing always seems to provide all the context one needs to know about the true purpose of the firing (cite Dan Rather).

I think that if religious persons on religious programs cannot interpret ideology and Scripture as they see fit, then that the state of free speech in our union is disappointing. If Word-FM markets themselves to Catholics, and felt that the host's comments alienated their viewing audience, then it was a proper business decision. But if it was something else, such as the tolerance police that drove the decision, shame on Word-FM.