Wife and I have been driving through the high dessert country of Utah and Wyoming where there are three things to entertain us. There is amazing terrain, Proghorns and Christian radio. There are many Christian radio stations.
I tried to make mental notes of the variety of Christian beliefs on the different stations. This is a Mormon area so some of that. The two or three Catholic networks and here as well as the standard assortment of evangelical Protestantism. I suppose this variety represents both the opportunity and difficulty the faith faces. There is plenty of money to buy and operate radio stations. But, to some extent at least, they seem to cancel each other out.
For almost 30 minutes, I heard an exchange between an angry Christian radio host and an angry caller. The host not only has a radio program but runs a business selling literature from a web page. He calls himself an apologist and considers himself a nationally ranked expert on the Bible.
After the host insulted Catholics, the Mormon woman called up. She was mad because she claimed he had misrepresented Mormonism. He had said they were not really Christians and wore funny underwear.
What really hurt, the woman said, was that the host was insulting the beautiful Mormon faith. He was violating community standards by the things he was saying and, she said, such behavior should be banned on the airwaves.
The comment reminded me of home. It has been suggested my blog be removed from Area Voices.