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Meditation 965
A tale of two Pastors: Who's the Christian?

by: JT

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In the news this week, a Pastor Dennis Terry of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Louisiana, in introducing Rick Santorum at a Republican campaign rally declaimed[1]:

"I don't care what the liberals say, I don't care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation...There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I'm tired of people telling me that I can't say those words.. Listen to me, If you don't love America, If you don't like the way we do things I have one thing to say - GET OUT. We don't worship Buddha, we don't worship Mohammad, we don't worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God's son Jesus Christ."

I'd never heard of this bile-filled bigot, so I googled his name, and other than his ignorant rant, I could not find him in the top search results. He seems relatively unknown.

Rather, in Google's efforts to find a relevant match, I found a Pastor Dennis Perry[2] who made the news back in 2010 for his appearance on the Jon Stewart Show. This Pastor Dennis Perry of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Virginia had opened his church to a Muslim congregation in search of a temporary home. He was not telling Muslims to leave America, he was welcoming them with open arms. He was quoted as saying “You’ve got to build peace whenever you get the chance."

Some questions.

Is it Pastor Perry or Pastor Terry that comes closest to Christian ideals?

Is it Pastor Perry or Pastor Terry that comes closest to American ideals?

Is it Pastor Perry or Pastor Terry that would you want as your neighbor?

I think that the answers are obvious.


  1. Dennis Terry Introduces Rick Santorum (video)
  2. Aldersgate Pastor Appears on Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’