Saturday, February 27, 2016

#1607: Randy Featherstone

Randy Featherstone is the manager of KBJS-FM, an affiliate radio station of the Moody Network in East Texas – not a particularly major player, to be sure, but notable for the fact that they, in 2011, canceled David Barton’s Wallbuilders Live radio program. … as any sane manager of a radio station would do, of course. But Featherstone is not sane, and his problem with Barton was not Barton’s dishonesty, pseudo-history, delusional religious fundamentalism, fanatic denialism or bigotry. Rather, Featherstone had a problem with Barton’s sympathetic attitude toward Glenn Beck. “Hey, but that still sounds reasonable,” you might say. Well, yes, but Featherstone’s problem was not that Beck is an idiot, but that Beck is … a Mormon. And Barton, by exhibiting sympathy for Beck, also exhibited a “failure to distinguish between Mormon theology and Christianity.” That is, “when David Barton said it doesn’t matter whether you are a Mormon or a Baptist or a Methodist, we felt we had to do something,” said Featherstone.

Diagnosis: We admit that we don’t know much else about Featherstone and his view of the world. We probably don’t want to know either.

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