The mullahs in Iran have nothing on us. The Southern Baptist convention has ordered a book chain to remove a magazine for its shelves as offensive because of its cover showing female ministers. If you want to see a picture of female ministers, you will have to go to somewhere other than Lifeway Bookstores. The offensive magazine was none other than that notorious libertarian rag Gospel Today.
Lest you think that the magazine featured “Bible-Thumpin’ Baptist Babes” or some other racy headline: Gospel Today merely showed their pictures over the headline “Female Pastors.” It is enough to have Larry Flint rushing to fill his trunk with copies.
The convention owns Lifeway’s 150 stores. The Southern Baptist leadership was appalled to see women (real women) on the cover as ministers. However, the Southern Baptists aren’t unreasonable. You can still purchase the magazine by asking for it. It will be hidden behind the counter so not to offend the eyes of customers like a porn magazine. Presumably, purchases will be handed over in a brown paper bag after sufficient condemning eyes have scrutinized the customer.
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