I Wrote A Letter To The London Observer.

October 18, 2004

Dear Sirs/Ma’ams:
Your review of a Billy Graham crusade in Kansas City, published on October 17th, trots out familiar tropes: the fat American Midwesterner in big shorts, the knowing disdain for clerics seeking lucre from the faithful.

Here in the U.S., I read a similar piece so often that I wonder if it’s crafted from a template, downloaded from www.scarydumbpreachers.com.
It should be pointed out to your reporter that, while there is a Kansas City in Kansas, the Kansas City where this gathering took place, at Arrowhead Stadium, is actually located in the state of Missouri.
It’s remarkable to me that “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” is published in the UK as “What’sThe Matter With America?” It’s maddening to us New Yorkers, not to mention people from Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, and perhaps the most liberal city in the world, San Francisco, that while London is Britain, Paris is France, and Amsterdam is Holland, the United States is Springfield, Ohio.
Mike Doughty