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Friday, February 17, 2006

Troubling Signs

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?

4 Comments:

At 3:44 PM , Anonymous Chris T. said...

I caught this post at the same time as Ben Myers' comments on cancer here:

http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/2006/02/cancer-and-will-of-god.html

I think the two questions fit hand in hand. As these abuses of power concern the freedom of others, we should oppose them. But in doing so, we must recognize that they (the abuses) are cancers that will draw us in. We should maintain our loving and joyful disposition in the face of darkness—it will be a credit to us and a credit to God. Not to mention we'll have a wealth of joyous energy to draw on when opposing Herod and his program of intolerance and darkness.

 
At 1:29 AM , Blogger chutney said...

Maybe we should start calling for the assasination of Coulter. And the rounding of everyone she cares about.

I'm joking, of course. Because that would be funny. If we did it. Make the joke, I mean.

 
At 1:18 PM , Blogger John said...

I'm from the Right end of the political spectrum, and I'm disturbed by jokey signs like that as well. Death threats, even in jest, aren't at all funny.

 
At 3:30 PM , Blogger Null said...

I see troubling signs whenever politics & religion mix. Both the far right and far left concern me when they do this.

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