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The Opinion the Newspaper Would Not Print

Verse for today...

Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth. 1 Kings 17: 24b


The newspaper that I read most often is the Herald-Journal. It is based in Spartanburg, S.C. On Fridays, they run a column called Highland Views which is written by a man named Chris Highland. Mr. Highland is against religion and seems to be against God, in general. After awhile, I got tired of it. After awhile longer, I got REALLY tired of it. The Herald-Journal seems to practically beg for opinions to be sent in when they print their Opinion page on Sundays, so here is what I wrote to them...


How much longer will the Herald-Journal desire to carry the Highland Views column written by Chris Highland in Friday's editions? I've selected enough random columns to read for it to be obvious to me that his main desire is to attack the faith of those of us who either have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or are considering having that relationship. He writes about listening to or worshipping nature and about questioning anything and everything related to religion. Often, he makes fun of us by sounding like he is smart and we are stupid. He indicates he tried religion, and it failed him. Just because he didn't have enough faith to get to where he needed to go doesn't mean others have not attained it. We live in the Bible Belt. How many others are completely offended by this? I know it's a popular stance by the media to include things in the interest of presenting differing viewpoints, but when those viewpoints morph into an attack on what so very many of your readers hold dear, it's time for that column to be more than questioned. I don't need to read any more. At the least, it belongs on the Opinion page of your newspaper, not on the front page of the Faith & Family section. Better yet, it belongs in the trash. I have to believe many of your readers agree with me. So, let's hear it!

(end of opinion sent to newspaper)

You might ask if the newspaper printed my opinion. Of course not! Instead, they printed an opinion of how people could still love their neighbors if they don't go to church. (See page 4A of the June 2, 2024 edition.) I suppose they don't like to run opinions that might make them look bad. Running the Highland Views column on a weekly basis is just not good. We are called to stand up for what is right! Does anyone else want to stand up? If so, you can email: opinion@shj.com. Thanks!


May God always be your number 1 draft pick!

Draftman Rick


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