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Friday, May 18, 2007

Just what makes it bad hospitatlity?

Thanks to Mark Shea for bringing this one up. He has some really good points about journalism but I think it may be time to think about hospitality and what modern society finds acceptable and what we should find as acceptable. Here are Mark's thoughts:

"Back in the day, op ed pieces were about news. If the story was about the dropping water level in the Dead Sea and the opportunities this presented archaeologists to verify the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, you focused on that. If you wanted to talk about the draining and pollution of the River Jordan, you did that.But this reporter wants to do an exegesis of Genesis in order to make sure we are good Episcopalians. That means veering from the subject of the story (the Dead Sea is drying up) to stuff like this:

Sodomy, though the word comes from the city, may not have been the main problem.
The text of Genesis is surprisingly unspecific. The two cities are broadly
accused of sin, and the story has more to do with the ancient duty of
hospitality to strangers than with any sexual practice.

Uh huh. As Kimberly Hahn once remarked, homosexual gang rape is a particularly acute form of inhospitality."

Under the Mercy,

Matthew S

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