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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Mac Hammond's Cult Following Unhappy with City Pages

They've written letters to the editor.

No Silk Purses from This Sow(#)

The truly pathetic thing about Pastor Mac Hammond is that he and his ilk (e.g., Pat Robertson and his alleged "law" of reciprocity) base this crock on their perversion of the "Parable of the Sower." In the parable, Christ is not talking about the sowing of cash, but rather, the word of God.

Mark Tarnowski

Vengeful, and Maybe Yellow(#)

One definition of yellow journalism is "unethical or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or individual journalists." I would use this definition to describe CP writer Beth Hawkins, except that I don't know if she is a journalist.

Ms. Hawkins's recent story on Mac Hammond and Living Word church seems more like a revenge piece, because of the election of Michele Bachmann, than anything else. It's clear that she's never even met Mac Hammond when she describes him as "tall, broad-shouldered, and perpetually tan." Ms. Hawkins made no mention of the positive impact Mac Hammond and Living Word have had on the Twin Cities. Club 3 Degrees is a light in the midst of the strip clubs and bars in downtown Minneapolis. Compassion Center feeds, clothes, and provides a place of worship for the poor in the inner city.

Strangely enough, there is a quote by some obscure writer/critic insinuating that members of Living Word types of churches help themselves and not others. Nothing could be further from the truth. All studies and surveys demonstrate that evangelicals give more per capita to help the needy than any other segment of the population. Please ask Ms. Hawkins to do a follow-up story for which she does some honest in-depth research and actually interviews Mac Hammond.

Mark Johnson

There are two more letters posted on CP's website. I hope other media outlets follow up with coverage of the scam otherwise known as Living Word Christian Center.