Front Page » Table of Contents » Archive: Faith: October 2009


MANHATTAN, Kan. - What is the matter with Kansas? Ever since William Allen White posed the question in 1896, many people have tried to answer it. More recently Thomas Frank took on the question in his 2004 book in which he answered the question by saying that the state's political discourse had dramatically shifted from the class animus of traditional leftist thought which once was the hallmark of the state to one in which hot button cultural issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, are used to redirect anger towards electing individuals who work against Kansans' own best interests.

Now two directors from Chicago, Joe Winston and Laura Coen, have taken on the question and tried to answer it through the lens of a camera.

A Little Greed Is a Good Thing?

BOGUE, Kan. - At a men's prayer breakfast, we were talking about capitalism when Reverend Charlie, I'll call him, weighed in with godly intent.

"A little greed is a good thing."

"I can't imagine Jesus saying that," I said.

There followed silence, a pregnant pause - except nothing came of it.

As we ate and chatted about trivialities, I thought about the rich man trying to pass through the needle's eye. About a man gaining the whole world and losing his soul.

A Democrat Neophyte

LARNED, Kan. - Politically, last year was a watershed year for me. I moved from conservative Republican to Obamican to full fledged Democrat, all in the space of four months. Actually, it took much longer. Allow me to explain. I had been a staunch conservative for approximately thirty years! Or at least I thought I was. Oh yeah, I should mention that I am an African-American male who used to love listening to Rush Limbaugh, even though much of what he said insulted my racial sensitivities? Yes, I was one of the few black "ditto heads." Talk about an identity crisis!

Seeing in Full-Blown Color

WICHITA, Kan. - "You say the word hell, and that's where all of you are going," shouted a lone fundamentalist preacher in front of the Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University last Tuesday, September 29.

In this same spot, this man and his associates have preached for the past week and a half to students on campus that, he says, "worship the Shockers."

Most students that I have talked to aren't particularly excited about their mascot like students at different universities are. In fact, they may be as big of fans of the wheat this man devours in his communion bread every week.

As I observed this situation, I decided it was best to ask him about sports. Did he ever play football, or any other sports? "Well," he said, "I played some ball in my day, but now that I am working for the Lord, I have not focused on sports as much." The key, I thought, was to get him talking about something completely unrelated to his original plan and purpose.

WSU's That Gay Group! took the initiative to stand close to this man and his friends with signs and a rainbow flag. When the rainbow flag touched the man, he said, "Get this off of me!"

Welcome to the Kansas Free Press!

So, what is the Kansas Free Press? KFP is a brand new state-wide online newspaper, in blog format, written exclusively by citizen journalists. Our Kansan writers will write about people, politics, and policies that effect Kansans, the future of Kansas and our way of life.

Why citizen writers? Writing about the local politics and people of Kansas, our citizen journalists are chiefly moved to jump into a public conversation about the future of Kansas. Citizen writers desire to participate directly in democracy - by gathering information about what happens in school board meetings, community events, county commission meetings or in the state legislature.

Our writers want to examine what the people of Kansas value most and how our community and governments responds to those values. They want to be more informed about their governments - and they want to ensure other citizens have good information, too.

We have more! This page only lists entries in a particular month. We encourage you to look back through our archives in this same category.

The next archive is Faith: November 2009.

If you want to browse other topics, you can also check our Table of Contents. The most current posts can always be found on our Front Page.


Our sponsors help us stay online to serve you. Thank you for doing your part! By using the specific links below (clicking through from our site) to start any of your online shopping, you are making a tremendous difference. By using the shopping links provided on a Kansas Free Press page, you are directly helping to support the Kansas Free Press:



About This Page

This is an archive page containing all of the stories posted to Kansas Free Press in one particular topic in a particular month. These stories were published in the Faith: October 2009 section.

The next archive is Faith: November 2009.

The most current posts can always be found on our Front Page.

Other Archives

Interested in other topics? You may wish to poke around in our Table of Contents to find other sections and archives.

Do you want to explore pieces written by specific authors? You can find archives for KFP writers by reviewing our complete Directory of Authors and Writers here.

News and Opinion





Get Connected

See our FB page!
Subscribe for free!
[Feeds & Readers...]
Follow Kansas Free Press on Twitter, too!
Make Kansas Free Press your home page!

Journalists, sign in.

We're reader supported!

Whenever you use the specific links below to begin any of your online shopping, a portion of your sale goes directly towards the support of this site.

Tech Depot - An Office Depot Co.


Our sponsors help us stay online to serve you. Thank you for doing your part! By using the specific links above (clicking through from our site) to start any of your online shopping, you are making a tremendous difference. By using the shopping links provided on a Kansas Free Press page, you are directly helping to support the Kansas Free Press.

Thank you for your help!

Notices & Policies

All of our Kansas Free Press journalists are delighted that you are here. We all hope that you come here often, sign in and leave us comments, and become an active part of our community. Welcome!

Our writers are credentialed after referral to, and approval by, the editor/publisher of KansasFreePress.com. If you are interested in writing with us, please feel free to let us know here. We are always looking for Kansans who want to write about Kansas!

All authors here retain their own copyrights for their original written works, original photographs and art works. They welcome others to copy, reference or quote from the content of their stories, provided that the reprints include obvious author and website attribution and links to the original page, in accordance with this publication's Creative Commons License.

Our editor primarily reviews stories for spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting and is not liable or responsible for the opinions expressed by individual authors. The opinions and accuracy of information in the individual stories on this site are the sole responsibility of each of the individual authors. For complete site policies, including privacy, see our Frequently Asked Questions. This site is designed, maintained, and owned by its publisher, Everyday Citizen Media. The Kansas Free Press, KansasFreePress.com, and Kansas Free Press are trademarked names.

© Copyright, 2008-2012, all rights reserved, unless otherwise specified, first by the respective author, and then by KFP's publisher and owner for any otherwise unreserved and all other content.