Religious Columnist Disturbed by Basic Journalism

Roxane Salonen was the subject of a "phony" letter to the editor.

Roxane B. Salonen, who writes silly things about God for a living, cannot believe a TV station had the audacity to run a story titled, ‘Women’s clinic asks for volunteers to escort.’

What was essentially a basic story from Fargo’s WDAY about how the Red River Women’s Clinic needs extra volunteers because of protests outside the clinic, Salonen interpreted as “a stab in the chest.”

“I have to give WDAY the benefit of the doubt and assume its editor was napping the day this piece slipped through. After all, this reads like an advertisement for our state’s only abortion clinic than an actual news story, and I’m sure that wasn’t the intention,” Salonen wrote in her Fargo Forum column today.

Roxane, let me explain. Journalism is relaying true information to the public. WDAY’s story was an example of that. What you do, on the other hand, is spew hatred under the guise of offering religious wisdom.

The best (or worst) example is a column in which she wrote that her gay friends “tried the gay lifestyle” and, because it was so sinful, gave up sex entirely:

These particular friends made a decision to live their lives giving to others, not in marriage but in a life of celibacy. Not because they’ve sold out but because they’ve traded their desires for something bigger. They have chosen not to indulge the passions they came to see as wrongly directed, but to pour themselves into others in life-giving ways.

Salonen adds that “I love my gay friends because they are real …” (Sure.)

In a separate but equally dumb column, Salonen argued that people who don’t believe in God can’t feel as much gratitude as those who do:

Moving about this big, beautiful world, we all have a chance to enjoy the thoughtful gestures of God. And yet lack of recognizing the true giver misplaces our gratitude, makes it incomplete. As a grateful guest, I concluded that those without God would by default be capable only of being an ungrateful guest, or at best, one half-hearted in appreciation.

She tried to back off the point after a backlash from readers, but instead just muddied the waters by writing sentences like, “When one does not believe in God, one cannot thank God, and so in the supernatural sense, gratitude is impossible, and incomplete.”

We’ve reached out to God for comment and will update when we hear back.

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