A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

We have a chance to take a giant stride forward for the good of all humanity. We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology.-Ron Reagan

Ron Reagan's speech on stem cell research at the convention has been one of the highlights of the last few days. Chuck Currie pointed out something which has not figured into this discussion...the role some religious bodies have played in supporting Reagan's cause.

For instance, the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Univeralist Association, and Reform Judaism have spoken out in support of federal funding in this area. Hopefully these religious voices will be heard on this issue.

The Rev. George Wayne Smith, the Episcopal bishop of Missouri has spoken out against a state constitutional amendment which bans gay marriage and he reminds all of us of what really strengthens families.

Spend more time with spouse and family; build networks of support for married people in faith communities and extended families and neighborhoods; dig deeper into the traditions of faith - the disciplines and the feasting alike; practice living openhandedly with one another and in all things, for God's sake.

2 Comments:

At 8:41 AM , Blogger Joe G. said...

I always find it curious how more liberal religious organizations' positions are virtually invisible in news reports on such issues. The rare exception to this trend is the PBS program "Religion & News Ethics". Glad to know that there are some religious folks who have expressed positive support for this research.

 
At 12:07 AM , Blogger jj said...

I can't stand the assumption of religious = Republican. Several news outlets actually consider it newsworthy that Christians can be Democrats:

http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/7/302004d.asp

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,127392,00.html

 

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