I tend to focus on church news but some troubling events have occurred. Ann Coulter's speech to the Conservative Action Political Conference, which received an ovation after she called Muslims "ragheads" and joked about assasinating Clinton.
The death threats, the calls for rounding up folks, eliminationism is becoming a staple in some circles. Orcinus is a site which has been covering this trend within the last few years and the way it's poisoned the wells of discussion from Coulter to your own relatives.
The other item is the Senate's response to the news that Bush broke the law by spying on Americans without a warrant. They've killed any investigation of this, like they did in response to the torture issue, and are now drafting a bill to make such spying legal.
I mention these things, without a sense of what can be done. How does one respond to the blanket cheering of hate language? Or the unlimited expansion of Bush's powers? What does it say about where our country is going and what is the church doing in response?