Friday, June 17, 2005


This editorial by John C. Danforth, an Episcopalian minister and former Republican senator, on moderate theology and politics is so good, I have nothing to add.


At 12:57 PM, Blogger the-unintentional-blogger said...

It was a fantastic article all the way until the 3rd paragraph. Actually, the 4th paragraph is alright too!

It's actually a very articulate statement of a more liberal viewpoint, but it beats the same old theocracy drum that is unfounded and tiresome.

His espousing of the "moderate" christian's view on social issues from Terry Shaivo to homosexuality to references to God paints the picture that only that viewpoint is the "loving" one. I can make an argument for each of those cases that my perspective is a "loving" one as well.

He states it's "not a stretch" to assume that the breakdown of bipartisanship and the increased activism of the christian right are not merely coincidental, but offers no evidence to support his theory. Again, the message - It's conservative christians that a responsible for divisions in our country. I don't buy that it's our burden alone.

His last two paragraphs are the worst, purely pandering to those who believe in the "evil" christian right. Who says our political agenda "displaces love"? He makes the trashy accusation that these socially conservative issues were brought up specifically for political gain, to "energize the base".

Religious conservatives believe in the seperation of church and state. Most of my friends consider themselves religious conservatives, and I know NOT ONE of them that advocates a national religion. But I do think that it is the responsibility of any citizen to let their voice be heard on issues facing our country. And it seems to me that many are trying to shut out religious conservative voices simply because they are religious.


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