"Giving Up On God"

Great article by Kathleen Parker, Washington Post:

Giving Up On God
As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I'm bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

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Even Sarah Palin has blamed Bush policies for the GOP loss. She's not entirely wrong, but she's also part of the problem. Her recent conjecture about whether to run for president in 2012 (does anyone really doubt she will?) speaks for itself:

"I'm like, okay, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is.... And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it's something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door."

Let's do pray that God shows Alaska's governor the door.

Meanwhile, it isn't necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world's architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents.

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5 comments:

Al said...

Excellent article, even for a Canadian who tries to ignore as much about US politics as I can!
Kathleen makes some excellent comments. Like:
"Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth.." Makes a great sentence if you put a comma after 'sentence', and a period after 'truth'--"Armband religion is killing the Republican Party, and the truth."
I like the description 'armband religion'--all on the outside, where it shows, nothing on the inside, where it counts.

And the quote from Sarah Palin: "if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, ... then I'll plow through that door." I thought open doors could be walked through. You only have to plow through doors that are otherwise closed, shut, locked, and barricaded.

One final comment about "One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity..." Fortunately for the world at large, and the church in particular, not all Christians are attaching themselves to the Rep. party. The party..."brimming with energy, youth and diversity contains many Christians--thoughtful, articulate, and not afraid to call a spade a shovel (expletive deleted, cause I'm writing this on Sunday! hehe).
Thanks, Peter for being one of those kind of Christians. I am not afraid to call you my brother.

Existential Punk said...

Many Republicans are in DENIAL over how strong-armed brand of Christianity is pushing people away. They think they have lost their conservative moral moorings and need to get back in full-force. This will only be to the parties detriment. People are tiring of divisive religion and politics, as this years election showed us.

nate said...

I've actually been a pretty strong supporter of the separation of church and state; namely, due to the religious plurality woven into the fabric of the modern American commonwealth. But I've been swayed in the past couple of months, seeing that there is room for religion int he political and public sphere.

(Meanwhile, it isn't necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world's architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents.)

I am just far from figuring out a nice balance, and this after reading all along the spectrum, from Piper to Pope Leo XVIII to Campolo to Wallis.

Somehow I pushed a combination of buttons that aligned this comments text to the right and can't figure out how to undo it.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers Peter!

Peter said...

Nate, it's great to see your name! I continue to pray you're blessed and making it through the valley. You bring up some good points. I certainly don't have a problem with faith informing political views and actions - I do have a problem with faith dictating political action, because politicians are supposedly public servants. If that's the case, they have a democratic responsibility to those who are not religious.

Adele, I agree - people are simply exhausted - burnt out on hyper-religious political language.

Al, I ALWAYS appreciate your perspective. Thanks for sharing that punctuation twist on the article: "Killing... the truth." At the very least, slowly suffocating it.

AJ Swoboda said...

Fascinating article bro...

You're a D-O-G

AJ

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