Being Quoted as an “Expert”

On Tuesday I happened to get an email requesting “Bible experts” for an ongoing series of articles on the Bible and such, so I responded to the request. Billy Hallowell, Faith Editor/Assistant Editor of The Blaze then contacted me. He wrote,

Thanks so much for your participation! I will be relying upon you as a source for our ongoing Bible series. The first preview story relies upon getting your response to the following news story. Can you send a response by noon ET tomorrow? Thanks, again. Very glad to have you:

Last week, something very interesting happened. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell took aim at the Bible. I have included the link here: MSNBC’S LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MOCKS THE BIBLE & URGES OBAMA TO EXCLUDE IT FROM THE INAUGURATION

Laurence O’Donnell, a commentator on MSNBC, the cable news channel, said some nasty and ignorant things about the Bible. If you care to waste nine and a half minutes, you can watch it by clicking on the link above.

I wrote about 1800 words in response and sent it off to Billy Hallowell; today, his article reacting to Lawrence O’Donnell’s ignorant rant appeared and I was quoted extensively. If you’d care to read the article, you can click here: FAITH EXPERTS SKEWER MSNBC’S LAWRENCE O’DONNELL OVER HIS ANTI-BIBLE TIRADE: ‘AN IGNORANCE OF OUR HISTORY & DEMOCRACY’

I’m very pleased with how I was quoted. I was also surprised to see that the article has subsequently been reprinted verbatim on several other websites:

Dallas – Faith Experts Skewer MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Over His Anti-Bible Tirade

Faith Experts Skewer MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Over His Anti-Bible Tirade: ‘An Ignorance of Our History & Democracy’ — Chris Jones Media

Faith Experts Skewer MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Over His Anti-Bible Tirade: ‘An Ignorance of Our History & Democracy’

FAITH EXPERTS SKEWER MSNBC’S LAWRENCE O’DONNELL OVER HIS ANTI-BIBLE TIRADE: ‘AN IGNORANCE OF OUR HISTORY & DEMOCRACY’ | “I Am Not Ashamed Of The Gospel Of Christ”

As to who Laurence O’Donnell is. Besides being the Senior Analyst at MSNBC and having been associated with the channel since its inception, he was the executive producer of the TV series, West Wing, has done quite a bit of acting, having appeared in such series as Monk, West Wing, and The Practice. He won two Emmys for West Wing. See his full IMDB Profile.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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