Saturday, May 21, 2005

Saturday Morning Musings



"The Religious Right" and its attackers: I am fiercely Christian, although in the minds of some I may not meet the widely accepted definition of an "evangelical Christian." (To those same folks, there are points of doctrine that separate my co-religionists and me from that definition. This is a subject of considerable controversy, best left for another time.) Also, I often wince at the strident manner in which some of the more prominent evangelicals approach matters that are in the public eye.

Even so, when it comes to what public policy ought to be and which direction American culture ought to be headed, my world view is nearly indistinguishable from that of, say, Hugh Hewitt or Richard Neuhas or Pope Benedict VI or Donald Sensing or Al Mohler. That's why I consider attacks on what liberals call "the Religious Right" with considerable intellectual hostility. (I almost never use the term "Religious Right" because it has become so loaded.)

I generally am very sensitive about attacks on religions. An example of the kind of trashing that I find so offensive shows up in Power Line today. It's only a recent chapter in the long history of intellectual dishonesty and outright deception by many on the Left who should know better.

Eject! Eject! Eject! Thanks to John Gillmartin of Sheep's Crib, I was alerted to this post at Eject! Eject! Eject!. It's long but wonderful. Read it; you will not be wasting your time. An excerpt:

Now to hear some fellers tell it, the entire idea of “Unlawful Combatants” came to Sith mastermind Darth Rover in a vision, and he instructed his familiars Chimpy McBushitler and Torture Master Rumsfeld to use it as an excuse to begin the unjustified savagery that is such an essential part of the American character.

Absent from this worldview is…well…just about everything. . . .

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing, please.

Speaking of Sheep's Crib, here's a post expressing a point I haven't seen made often enough in the last few days as the MSM engages in ritual hand-wringing over Saddam Hussein being photographed in his BVD's.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two in one, why thank you sir! 

Posted by J. A. Gillmartin

Saturday, May 21, 2005 5:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing I don't really think you realize is that while you feel you are aligned with the Christian right because you share the same politics the vast majority of them will NEVER accept your religion on any level. I suspect that you hold your religous beliefs to be more important than your political ideals. Make sure you don't confuse a "marriage of convenience" between your "co-religionists" and yourself with a long term partnership. You a frog and they are a scorpian--and you haven't begun to swim across the water yet. 

Posted by Anonymous

Saturday, May 21, 2005 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous: Thanks for the thought, it is understood and appreciated. It's all about finding common ground, making common cause, communicating, and making friends where we can. Where Christians of any faith can do that, we should, I think. 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Saturday, May 21, 2005 11:59:00 PM  

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