I'm always a bit embarrassed to read the report on my conversation with Senator Jungbauer
and my exuberant declaration that "conservative Christian does not necessarily translate into closed minded." The recent Eleventh Avenue South
article about my Capitol activities reminded me of having written that line and made me think how wildly optimistic it is when compared to the realities of conservative Christians' hateful, destructive behavior in Minnesota and around the world. It's true that "open minded" was what I was thinking while Jungbauer
was talking to me, but I should have qualified my exuberance by saying "this time," or "in this case." As someone who has been spat on and had their life threatened by conservative Christians on the front steps of the Capitol in years passed, I shouldn't forget just how destructive and violent people who call themselves conservative Christian can be. I intend, however, to leave the door open...a crack. Ya gotta live with people.