A conservative media analyst says a Newsweek cover story suggesting that the Bible condones same-sex "marriage" is evidence the publication is a "fully owned subsidiary of the gay rights movement."
The article by Newsweek's religion editor Lisa Miller contends that "Scripture gives us no good reason why gays and lesbians should not be [civilly and religiously] married -- and a number of excellent reasons why they should." The story declares that "religious objections to gay marriage are not rooted in the Bible at all...but in custom and tradition."
Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute, believes there is ample evidence of media bias on the marriage issue, but calls this example one of the worst he has seen. Knight says Newsweek published a "cartoon version of Scripture that is a gay activist's dream."
"It would be one thing if people promoting the homosexual agenda just said, 'Look, the Bible says it's wrong. We don't buy into the Bible's authority, and so we don't agree with you.' But to try to take the Bible and make it say something it flat-out does not say is journalistic malpractice," he argues. "You're talking about the religion editor at Newsweek magazine and a cover piece twisting scripture, using every gay talking point out there without any effective rebuttal."
According to Knight, the article is an attack on the authority of scripture, evangelical Christians, and absolute truth.