Sunday, April 24, 2005

Pastor Marty Minto # 3

An evangelical Christian talk show host in Pittsburgh has been fired after questioning Roman Catholic beliefs and entertaining a caller's question about whether the late Pope John Paul II would go to heaven.
Marty Minto, 39, pastor of Turning Point Community Church, had been a host for three years on WORD-FM.
Minto fielded a question from a caller who asked whether the pope would go to heaven. Minto said he told the caller that whether someone was "born-again" was personal and "between an individual and the Creator."
Minto said he was told he was dismissed for alienating listeners: "As far as I'm concerned, I was doing what I've always done on the radio - look at events around the world from a biblical perspective. I've always been willing to talk about controversial subjects."
Chuck Gratner, general manager of WORD-FM, said the station "needs to function in this city in support of the entire church - that means everybody -and not focus on denominational issues."
- The Associated Press

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