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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fame (05/10/12)

TITLE: Those Contentious Words
By Ken Ebright


The opening animation and music for the news rolled as a voice announced, "This is Action Four News Dianna Pence."

The music faded. "There is breaking news about the marriage amendment. Marriage equity has had a major setback. North Carolina voters have just approved the marriage amendment to the state constitution by a wide margin. We hope to go live to press conferences from both sides later in the newscast."

Sunday at church a tall man walked up to Dianna in the lobby. "Hey Dianna, I'm Burt. I wanted to let you know that Iím disappointed with the coverage you had last Tuesday night about the marriage amendment."

"Hey, I would to love to talk to you about it. Come and find me after the service, okay?" Dianna walked towards the sanctuary.

Just before entering the sanctuary, Dianna was stopped again. "I am wondering why you have a bias on the gay rights movement. I donít understand why you feel sorry for gays.

Donít you know what the Bible says about homosexuality?"

"What's your name?"

"I'm Shelly."

"Shelly, I came here to worship my Lord today. I am a Christian who works in the news business. The service is about to start, would it be possible to talk about this after the service? I would like to explain my position."

Shelly's face turned red. "You love gays, donít you?"

"Shelly, please see me after the service. Iíll take you out for coffee."

Dianna found her place as they were singing the first song. Later the pastor asked people to greet one another.

A woman behind her put out her hand. "Dianna itís good to see you."

"Hey Gloria." Dianna turned around to greet her.

Gloria took a deep breath. "Sorry I have to say this, but I was upset about what you said on the news Tuesday night about the marriage amendment."

The music started again as people sat back down. "Gloria, I promise we'll talk later. I want to worship now."


After church Gloria was the only one who sought out Dianna. "Dianna, what happened on Tuesday?"

"Hey Gloria, we've been friends for years, the only thing I said on air about the marriage story was marriage equality has had a major setback. When I am on the news as a journalist, I canít play favorites. I don't have a choice about everything I say. Personally I believe marriage should be between a man and a women. Yes, the media, in general, has a bias towards same-sex marriage. Again, I am a robot I say what they tell me to say."

Gloria started to smile. "I'm relieved, I couldn't believe what I heard. It must be hard to be in the news business."

"Gloria it's not only hard, but itís hard to be a public person and a Christian at the same time. I have no privacy, then I get people who criticize me. That's the price I pay for being on TV. Although, when I am off camera and out in public I am able to be a good Christian witness."

"Dianna you're in my prayers. I will pray that the Lord will help you persevere through the difficult aspects of your job.Ē

"Thank you Gloria." Dianna leaned over and Gloria embraced her.

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Patsy Hallum05/17/12
I agree with the title! You've done a good job with a touchy subject.

The MC is a little to abrupt for my taste. I would have softened her a little.

Keep writing!
C D Swanson 05/18/12
You did a good job with a very controversial subject in the news today. Very contemporary, and well written. Nicely done. And, certainly on topic.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/19/12
You did a nice job tackling a tough subject. The only thing I would suggest is to make your dialog more natural. Make a point of sitting quietly somewhere and jot down sentences and listen to the way people say things.

You did a nice job of staying on topic while still delivering the message God put on your heart.
Phyllis Inniss05/20/12
You handled this subject well. A Christian often finds him/herself in a precarious position when he/she has to give views on controversial subjects. The media and public opinion can crucify you whichever way you go.
Cynthia Dawson05/22/12
Good article. People who live in the public eye do have it tough. You did a good job of showing that.