Dog Whistle Symphony

Yet another politician sex scandal. It would be too tedious to be worth commenting on, but this ex-fundamentalist is hearing so many biblical dog whistles that her ears are ringing. Since when is God voting in state elections? Can God prove his citizenship? Can politicians prove the God endorsement when the Almighty seems to be withholding comment?

Chris Kelly, of Huffington Post does a great job of collecting the devout sayings of Gov. Mark Sanford, who is trying to stay in office because God put him there. If he sinned, it was no more than King David sinned. God forgives him. Voters, why can’t you? It may look bad now, but if you have Faith, God will make everything right.

God is My Doorman: Mark Sanford for Non-Christians

“If I walked in with a real spirit of humility then this last legislative term could well be our most productive one – and that outside this term, I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm.”

Again, what else can we do for you, Gov. Sanford? I’m glad the taxpayers have this chance to let you improve yourself…

I’m just back from vacation in Vermont, and reconnected with a friend who has been a nun for over forty years. Just as armchair patriots get way more romantic about the glory of war than those who actually fight it; people who make a real commitment to the spiritual life tend to be very down to earth. God is above those who try to claim that he’s their personal friend, and the real religious don’t try to use him as duct tape for a cheap fix on what needs to be replaced.

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2 responses

  1. joe bernstein | Reply

    The patriotism of serving in a war,or for that matter,in the military at all,has nothing to do with the political aims or justification of such war-it is simply giving back to your country-letting that country put you in harm’s way or not(as events dictate)and accepting the consequences.I really have no patience with those who’d intellectualize the issue by trying to explain why they are so damn important they shouldn’t be bothered with such things.
    “Glory in war”is an oxymoron.
    We should never have abandoned the draft,and extended it to women also.The draft,shorn of exemptions for the privileged,is a great levelling device in that everyone gets to live intimately with everyone else and share the hardships and discomforts,and sometimes danger.
    It makes people find out fast that we are all not much different from each other.
    Don’t get me started on people who rest on divine intent as the basis for their power.I might throw up.

  2. Joe, we may disagree on many things, but I’m basically with you on this. I don’t want to bring back the military draft because I lived through the 60’s. But this ‘volunteer army’ thing is corrupt. If our country is in peril then all our citizens should feel the pain–through some kind of mandatory service, tax increases, rationing–and especially responsibility for giving the best to all the people who come back from the war with injuries. War should require sacrifice from all, because it should only be used when all other alternatives have failed.
    As far as religion, Jesus had big brass ones and faced the Romans unarmed except for the power of his faith. Few dare to follow him.

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