She criticizes column

Published 3:08 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Every weekday during the school year, I turn on WFLO at 6:20 a.m. to wake my children, and every day I cut it off at about 6:50 a.m. That’s the time Steve Conwell’s daily “devotional” comes on the radio, 2-3 minutes of bigotry I don’t want my children to hear, much less absorb.

Conwell’s devotions are dangerous, filled with a zealous hate disguised as righteousness, and as a human being and a Christian, I won’t let it into my home.

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Then comes July 13, and I realize how lucky I am my kids don’t read the newspaper yet. The Herald published Steve Conwell’s devotional, “‘Love the one we married’” (July 14) that day — an attack on women and the LGBTQIA community Conwell didn’t even bother to disguise. I won’t address the heinous bigotry of his column, it doesn’t bear repeating, but I will take The Herald to task for printing it.

It is hard enough to find acceptance if one is “different,” and as our newspaper, The Herald had no business printing Conwell’s loathsome words that deliberately attacked members of our community. 

The Herald’s masthead reads “Honor for the past, help for the present, hope for the future.” That masthead alone should have been enough to prevent you from printing Conwell’s column and any he might write in the future. Badly done, Herald. Badly done.

Juanita M. Giles