We were in San Antonio initially because the Hefleys asked my husband and me to help distribute copies of Jim's newest volume of "The Truth in Crisis" on the controversy in the SBC. His book had been banned from the Baptist Bookstore and he wanted people at the SBC annual meeting to have access to it. I was a part-time student and full-time employee at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Missouri, where my husband John, an Army reservist, was studying for the ministry after 12 years of active duty.
As a fledging journalist enrolled in Jim's writing for publication class, I also would be able to see up-close how one goes about covering about something as foreign as the annual meeting of the SBC.
Two years later, after San Antonio and under Jim's careful tutelage, I left my first-ever major news story -– and a film canister -– on the editor's desk of the Hannibal Courier-Post in Missouri. Missouri Citizens for Life, a group with a large number of Southern Baptists, had a huge presence at a St. Louis rally, and I went along as a volunteer to cover the event. I think it was Marti who tracked me down later that day and told me the afternoon edition of the paper had run my story and photo with a large headline on the front page above the fold. My career as a journalist was launched. More importantly, years later, as I sat in front of the hospice covering the starvation and hydration death of Terri Schiavo, it seems strange irony – no, providential – that I would have been uniquely positioned to cover that story for more than two years...............
Hide the sick, the kids, the old, quickly!
The Dems are coming to get us!
The message should be very simple. For the incumbents who supported the Iraq war, the bankruptcy bill, the Terry Schiavo grandstanding, the tax giveaways to the rich, the endless gay-b aiting, the war profiteering, the rollback of privacy, the sanctification of torture, the pitiful lack of congressional oversight, the two recessions and the obliteration of New Orleans, there should be only five little words:(my bold) We are coming for you....