While Megavanegelists like Pat Robertson have their own TV networks, including parallel universe news, religion in the US continues to speak in diverse voices.
Faith in Public Life appeals to Catholic candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to renounce the strategy of race-baiting and scapegoating the poor…
An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum
As Catholic leaders who recognize that the moral scandals of racism and poverty remain a blemish on the American soul, we challenge our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail. Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Labeling our nation’s first African-American president with a title that evokes the past myth of “welfare queens” and inflaming other racist caricatures is irresponsible, immoral and unworthy of political leaders.
I suspect that folks who were “out-Christianizing” each other by supporting “religion” haven’t seen the inside of a confessional for a long time. “Me thinks they doth protest too much” certainly flirted through my thoughts. Discussing people who have a different view from the majority often disintegrates, as it did in this case into an analysis of what is mentally wrong with them. Just as appalling is the total disregard of what the Constitution’s role is in defending a minority viewpoint.
That’s right. The forefathers in this great country often saw that the majority could fend for themselves. It is the person of the minority position who needs the protection of law to uphold their free exercise. Rather than be trampled by the position du jour, the Constitution will uphold the same freedoms for those who may disagree with the majority viewpoint.
My own church sent a message of support to Jessica Ahlquist, for upholding the principle that public schools should not officially endorse or show preference to a religion. Some people think they are defending God by threatening Jessica or scaring some florists, but I don’t think God needs that kind of help.
Newt Gingrich is getting plenty of help in S.Carolina. I often wonder why people look to politicians for an example of personal morality. There are people washing the floors of Newt’s office whose lives are shining examples of hard work, dedication and sacrifice, but they’ll never get elected to anything. I’ve lowered my expectations to simply wanting my politicians to lead for the public good. Even that’s a reach. Watching pundits tie themselves in knots explaining why Newt’s marital history is a non-issue, despite his relentless bragging about morality is just amazing. Why can’t they just say something like, ‘yeah Newt’s a lying horndog, but at his age he won’t be able to out-run Callista if she needs to pick up a frying pan. We like his politics and that’s why we’re voting for him.’
What’s my point? I don’t know. I’ve had a sinus cold for 3 weeks and it’s hard to tie it all together.
‘Faith’ is a lovely, inclusive, vague word. Our country is full of religion, and the most devout are not always the most self-promoting. Whatever you believe, you are equal in the eyes of the law. Halleluja.