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Hometown Radio Gets Religion

I am leaving shortly for Los Angeles and won’t return until Monday night. Tom will be there for Monday’s show and I hope you’ll enjoy guest hosts Rob Bryn from 3 to 5 and then the popular morning team of Andy Morris and Chad Stevens from 5 to 7. I’ll be back on Tuesday.

A couple interesting religion-related topics on tap for this week. On Tuesday, Arroyo Grande Andy returns with his Bible to discuss why he feels Christians are being persecuted today. That discussion will start around 5:30. Also, on Thursday, in the same time slot, Jim Davis and Joe Goodwin will visit to try and convince me that God does exist. The only restriction is that they can’t quote from the Bible to make their case. Long time listeners know that I’m a hardcore agnostic, so this should be fun and stimulating, but feel free to weigh on that question here: Does God exist?

Also, just a reminder. Adam Hill went after Jerry Lenthall pretty thick on last Friday’s show — check out the podcast if you missed. Jerry will be on Wednesday at 5 to respond and give his take on the Supes.

Beautiful day outside. Go enjoy

  1. Anonymous
    March 4, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    I enjoyed the interview with Adam Hill. Interesting guy. Sounds pretty smart.

    Does God exist? If He does, He must be very disappointed when He looks down over us today.

  2. democracy defender
    March 4, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I would support Adam Hill for Supervisor. His background shows he really believes in the principles of “smart growth”, as opposed to Jerry Lenthall, who mouthed the words to get elected, but has consistently voted for sprawl and dumb growth.

    I still can’t believe Jerry Lenthall signed a campaign letter for Dalidio that he didn’t even write, using what appeared to be SLO County stationary! Ovitt did the same thing! Can you say “ethically challenged”? Who do you work for, Jerry? The people of District 3 or the developers who paid for your campaign?

  3. Anonymous
    March 5, 2007 at 3:20 am

    So typical of Dave. The 3 “bought off” coward “vets” had no restrictions, yet the believers in God have been given restrictions.
    Is is possible to be any more hypocritical? That answer is easy! NO!
    Welcome to KVEC new version of “hate everything that made America great” radio show.
    That “hometown” spew is BS!.

  4. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 5, 2007 at 4:29 am

    That is exactly why I don’t listen anymore. I listen to the north county flame thrower KPRL. They have local journalists who discuss the issues of the day in the morning from 6-9 and do interviews from 12-2 that are not patty cake sessions with the guests. KVEC is still good for Limbaugh and Hannity however.

  5. Sacramento
    March 5, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Let’s hear Lenthall actually speak in a way that doesn’t sound like he’s reading someone else’s notes. He’s probably the least intelligent Supe we’ve had in the county in thirty years or more–and that’s saying something!

    Adam Hill sounds pretty reasonable and up on the issues. Should be a very interesting race.

  6. Anonymous
    March 5, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    “Let’s hear Lenthall actually speak in a way that doesn’t sound like he’s reading someone else’s notes.”

    Uh…… that’s because he is readings someone else’s notes. Everytime he was on Dave’s show during the election he was reading from a script. Unfortunately Dave didn’t think it was important to point that out to listeners.

  7. Mel from Avila
    March 5, 2007 at 7:47 pm


    Talk Adam Hill into running against Lenthall. I’ve heard him on your show alot and he’s always interesting. I think you’ve even had him guesthost. Good stuff every time.

    So use your persuasive ways and get him to do it. Nobody I know in Avila trusts Lenthall. He’s better suited for North County.

  8. golfingslo
    March 5, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    The draw back to Adam Hill, as well as,Gibson and Patterson is that they put individual property rights so low in their decision making that the rights our non existent

  9. Anonymous
    March 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    Everyone has an absolute right to use their property as the general plan lays out. Those rights will always be there and are updated regularly. Can I build a convenient store in my garage? Of course not, because the property owners around me have rights too. Anyone who really thinks “property rights” means you can do whatever you want with your property must not understand how land use laws have worked in this country for the last 100 years. Like Jerry Lenthall, for example.

  10. Anonymous
    March 5, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Anonymous post at 1:40 pm has never dealt with the city of San Luis Obispo and their General Plan.

  11. The Rose of Cambria
    March 6, 2007 at 5:52 am

    I have been a Christian almost all of my life and have never been persecuted. Bigotry, yes. Persecution, no. There is a big difference. For example, yesterday on the Randi Rhodes show (Air America) someone commented about the Vatican. She commented, “I don’t want to even go there!” And she and her guest sniggered.

    That is bigotry — not persecution. No public person has ever prevented me from practicing my religion in any manner whatsoever. No one ever prevented me from teaching my children what I wanted them to know.

    This ridiculous use of the word ‘persecution’ denigrates real persecution. Hitler persecuted Jews, Catholics, homosexuals, liberals and anyone else he didn’t like — he killed them! Language is too precious to be twisted and distorted to achieve a questionable end.

  12. Pismo Meg
    March 6, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    I too ask Dave to get Adam Hill to run for Supervisor. I know it’s not your job, Dave, but since you know him, why not urge him, if not in the public interest, than in the interest of a good race for you to talk about?

    Lenthall has got to go.

  13. Dave Congalton
    March 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Hey New Tone —

    Given your new love affair with KPRL, I guess you’ll have to change your name to “New Tone of Paso Robles.”

    Good luck — and enjoy!

  14. Dave Congalton
    March 6, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Anonymous #1 —

    I’m not trying to restrict or censor anyone in Thursday night’s discussion. My only goal is to try and focus on the key issue in discussing the existence of God — is faith enough, or are there actual ways to prove His existence? Quoting a Bible proves nothing and I’m just trying to get the discussion to a higher level.

    But thanks for taking the cheap shot. Always appreciated.

  15. Anonymous
    March 6, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    I believe Jerry Lenthall is God.

  16. evan
    March 7, 2007 at 1:05 am

    hometown radio needs religon.the way it exists now,it should be called “homosexual hometown radio”.

  17. Bob from San Luis
    March 7, 2007 at 8:26 am

    the rose of cambria said: “For example, yesterday on the Randi Rhodes show (Air America) someone commented about the Vatican. She commented, “I don’t want to even go there!” And she and her guest sniggered.

    Obviously you don’t listen to Randi very often; unlike Dave, she does not profess to be agnostic or atheist; she has stated many times that religion is very personal for her, so she does not discuss her religion or her faith. She has mentioned many times during her program that she does pray but she will not use religion on her program to put anybody down or try to make herself appear superior to anyone else on the basis of religion. I did not hear her segment that you quoted her from, but I might theorize that she may have mentioned the Vatican not as a religious institution, but more as the powerful entity that the Vatican is. But that is just a guess.

    As for Arroyo Grande Andy and his religion; practice how you want to, but don’t be so righteous that you feel you know what is best for me. Prayer in a public school that is led by a teacher or religious leader amounts to a state sanctioned religion. If a school leads a Christian prayer, is that not discriminatory towards Judaism, Islam, Mormonism and all other religions? Andy mentioned on Dave’s program something about a judge that had ruled in a particular proceeding, and a throw away line he said was: “Well, we know that that judge is bad.” I did not have the chance to call in to question him, but had I had the opportunity to do so, I would have liked to know how he knows that the judge is “bad”. Sounds an awful lot like a judgement, which seems strange coming from a self-professed Christian. Doesn’t the Bible say something about judgement?

  18. Patrick from Morro Bay
    March 12, 2007 at 5:43 am

    I hope you have Andy on the show again, soon. Maybe he could opine about another topic.

    I’d love to call in and ask Andy, since he gets his morals entirely from the Bible, how he feels about slavery. Slavery is condoned by the Old and New Testament. Jesus even gave specific instructions on how slaves should respect and honor their masters.

    1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

    1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

    Peter 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle,
    but also to the froward.

    Titus 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in
    all things; not answering again;

    Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall
    begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

    Luke 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

    Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

    Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

    The problem is, Andy gets his morals from a poor source of moral guidance. The Bible.

    I also wanted to ask Andy, since he loves to talk about repentance, if Hitler had gone to Heaven had he repented.

    Anyway, please have him on again, soon.

  19. Chris from Cambria
    March 12, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Have you ever gone to one of those “time share” presentations –
    especially in the poorer stages of your life? You and your wife agree
    in the parking lot that you will be strong, hear them out, but you
    swear to each other that you will NOT buy into their pitch…you’re only
    there for the free weekend stay or BBQ grill. Then you go in and are
    disarmed by the amazing sales pitch. They instantly know your
    thoughts and answer every objection with a perfectly polished and
    sensible answer. You crack and buy in. You feel good about your
    purchase for a bit, but sooner or later, you come to resent it.

    If you had the most polished Christian apologist as a guest and they
    truly answered your questions, giving you evidence of God that
    convinced you, and you “got saved” right then and there, I’d be pretty
    disappointed and sooner or later you would too.

    Because IF any of the basic Christian principles are true (there is a
    God who created everything, we are separated from God by our
    rebellious choices, but God loves us and desires relationship, God
    took steps to reconcile us through Jesus), THEN GOD has a
    responsibility to tap us on the shoulder to get our attention (and
    save us).

    People have argued the existence of God for thousands of years…there
    are no new arguments. It really does come down to a matter of
    personal faith. I hiked to the top of Half Dome with a couple of
    friends. One exclaimed, “What an amazing view! Who could be here and
    NOT see the hand of God in all this beauty!” The other said, “I just
    see amazing mountains carved by glaciers forming incredible valleys,
    rivers surrounded by beautiful forests. I don’t see God at all.”
    True story! For the “believer,” every blade of grass is proof of the
    existence of God. For the “non-believer,” none of it is proof.

    If God DID show up in Dave Congalton’s life, lifting him physically in
    the air 100 feet, saying, “Okay Dave, NOW do you believe?” Of course
    you would believe. But you would also resent – because there is not a
    choice. I know you’re a dog person. I’m a cat person. I can pick up
    a cat and hold her in my lap against her will, resulting in lots of
    bloody scratches and bites. I’m strong enough to do it, but no one is
    happy. However, when I sit in my chair to read the paper, my cat will
    come into the room and poke around. Then by choice, she will hop up
    into my lap (always ON the newspaper I’m trying to read), curl up and
    start to purr.

    By choice the cat finds a save spot of peace, and I
    enjoy the close contact with the animal. God is not a forceful
    bully, but a lover of humanity like you are a lover of animals. It is
    spiritual. It is faith.

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