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.

Monday, February 21, 2005

David Horowitz, known for harassing liberal academics, has decided to put together a site which contains a database that gives "information" on a wide range of left of center groups and individuals. His categorizations and descriptions are off the wall. Under the religious left he includes the Ayatollah Khomeini with Cornel West and the National Council of Churches.

The description of West is of interest. He says that West claims to be a prophet, conjuring up the idea that he's religiously delusional, since the word has a connotation of a person with a unique, perhaps ephocal relationship with God. One can assume that Horowitz has not read West's writings. Or perhaps he's largely unfamiliar with the usuage of the word "prophetic" in the mainline protestant context.

Prophetic religion, a term used by Reinhold Niebuhr, describes the social critique one would give to a society, so that it can live up to a higher ethical ideal (usually religious in nature). Such a religious response can be found in the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures who took up the cause of the poor, the oppressed, the mariginalized, as an expression of God's word for a people. In this sense, the whole church is called to act prophetically.

But I suppose linking William Schulz, head of Amnesty International and former head of the UUA with terrorists such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi gives some indication of the nature of this site. Horowitz is not interested in accurate descriptions as much as he's interested in over the top polemic which paints anyone who is left of center as traitors who are in league with the terrorists. What's disturbing is that it's just this rhetoric which has made him so popular among many on the right.


At 3:06 PM , Blogger ChristianLibrul said...

Josef Goebbels perfected the propspeak of "Accuse first." Hitler accused Poland of threatening attack, leaving him no choice by pre-emptive invasion into Poland in 1939.

Today's compassionate right (sic) use this technique daily. If they accuse us of blasphemy, they in turn can never be guilty or even accused of it. It's the ultimate pre-emption, and is highly effective...on people who only listen to the vast, right-wing conspiracy hateprop network.

Our mission must be to find a way to bring enlightenment to those who have limited themselves to the dark side of the force, i.e., amtalkingheadradio, FAUXNEWS, and such abominations as Falwell, Robertson and Dobson. For until we embark on that mission, all we're really doing is massaging each others' blogs.

I'm open to suggestions, and ready to adopt what works. Meanwhile, I'll fight 'till hell freezes over, then I'll fight on the ice.


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