In a “Breaking Praise Report” sent via e-mail today, Exodus says:
During this historic season of gay rights legal victories, Exodus has been called upon by the world to add its redemptive voice to the heated debate concerning homosexuality
New friendship emerges on the air waves
While the Lord has seen fit to offer Exodus unprecedented media opportunities one of our favorites is the growing friendship we are enjoying with Janet Parshall of Janet Parshall’s America; a nationally syndicated radio program that reaches millions each day. Since early summer Alan Chambers has been delighted to join Janet on 6 occasions to address various aspects of homosexuality. He has grown to appreciate Janet’s courage, honesty and willingness to do the hard work of finding the balance between public policy and biblical compassion.
The praise report proceeds to advertise an appearance Oct. 22 by Mr. Chambers on Ms. Parshall’s radio program.
The “praise report” says Exodus “has been called upon by the world” — no doubt an attempt at humor.
Ms. Parshall’s show is syndicated by the for-profit Salem Radio Network on only 109 low-rated (but profitable) conservative talk-radio stations. Exodus appears unable or unwilling to appear on politically non-partisan radio shows that would appeal to a diverse or balanced audience — Christian or otherwise. Instead, Exodus has established a solid broadcasting alliance with a longtime spokeswoman of the Family Research Council.
In media it is hard to find a message that represents both the heart and mind of Christ clearly. Janet Parshall does so not only with eloquence but with balance.
But Ms. Parshall does not claim to represent balance in public policy, and in terms of balancing policy and “Biblical compassion,” even conservatives find her culture-war rhetoric uncompassionate.
Google finds numerous examples of Ms. Parshall, her guests, and her hosts engaging in namecalling against “liberals” (non-conservatives), who are presumed to be anti-Christian. Indeed, her reactionary and inflammatory rhetoric helped earn FRC disfavor among mainstream conservatives. Subsequently, during Kenneth Connor’s brief tenure at FRC, the organization sought to broaden and soften its image.
Exodus is unlikely to find the “heart and mind of Christ,” or credibility among the public, in partisan affirmations of political venom. It will, of course, find allies — but limited financial support — among reactionary groups that are determined to destroy the Big Tent of the GOP.