With House Majority Leader Tom DeLay facing charges of ethics violations, House Republicans are preparing to make it more difficult to begin ethics investigations and could remove the GOP chairman who presided over the chastisement delivered to DeLay last fall. The pentagon is engaged in a debate over how much and wide should deception be used against other countries and their media, even our allies. Is this the values which were endorsed this year?
But on a more encouraging note, there's been a slew of articles on the religious contribution and cooperation in providing relief to the victims of the tsunami. A number of sites have raised the question of God's goodness with such a tragedy. If God is that which works for the good, then disasters which kill in such a staggering manner, shouldn't be seen as an "act of God". It's even possible to believe that there are events which go against and frustrate God's aims in the world. The question is our response to this.
As blog of the Grateful Bear makes an important point: We can see the hand of God in the response to the disaster, in the overwhelming display of compassion and support from people all over the world. We are all called to let that divine light within us shine forth, and to respond to events we can't understand with acts of compassion, not blaming. Harold Kushner also has a thoughtful response to the problem of evil.