- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 13, 2008

Roots of rage

“One of the many inherent inconsistencies within liberalism in general and theological revisionism in particular is the self-ascribed vanity, embraced universally amongst the ‘anointed ones,’ that liberals ‘speak truth to power,’ stand up for the poor and impoverished, befriend the outcasts and work tirelessly on their behalf.

“This self-image is zealously guarded and maintained. … It seems a psychological necessity — in the face of cold hard facts that belie it — namely that the ‘poor’ are generally quite conservative, … especially when it comes to religion. Few things irk the liberal soul more than this glaring truth. …

“The thrust of this particular vanity tends to run headlong into just the sort of paternalism, racial and otherwise, that they claim to despise and oppose, … bearing in many ways a quite distinct similarity with the infamous ‘white man’s burden.’ But what happens when those who ‘stoop low’ to help the ‘uneducated’ find that the ‘ignorant’ masses reject the lessons of their betters? What happens when, say, the minority vote makes up a large percentage of the voting electorate that defeated Proposition 8 in California?

“Rage. Blinding, ugly, disgusting rage.”

-Matt Kennedy, writing on “Blame the Black People,” on Nov. 6 at Stand Firm in Faith (www.standfirminfaith.com)

Let’s work together

“The Vatican is eager for good relations with the United States in particular, regardless of which party happens to be in power. The Vatican deeply admires the robust religiosity of America, in contrast with the pervasive secularism of much of Europe. The Vatican also believes that the United States is its most natural ally in promoting religious freedom and human dignity around the world.

“The potential for collaboration is very real, because there are numerous areas where your policy positions dovetail with the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the diplomatic interests of the Vatican. … Pope Benedict XVI himself has clearly opened the door to a positive working relationship. The pope sent a telegram on Wednesday calling your election ‘a historic occasion,’ and offering his prayer that God will ‘support you and the American people, so that through the good will of all, a world of peace, solidarity and justice can be built.’ … You’ll notice that neither the pope nor his spokesperson explicitly mentioned abortion or other areas of disagreement, and certainly their tone suggests that concern for the ‘life issues’ will not exclude cooperation in other areas. On the contrary, the Vatican seems to be doing everything it can to invite it.”

-John Allen, writing on “An Open Letter to President-elect Barack Obama,” on Nov. 7 at National Catholic Reporter

Uneducated culture

“We are fooling ourselves if we think the United States is still a Christian nation. Its people just elected a barbarian as president, authorized the killing of both its youngest and sickest, rejected scientific fact that human life begins at conception, blocked parental intervention of abortions of young girls, and voted down the wording of an abortion ban they said only two years ago they would support.

“America can be called a culture with Christian roots, but its Christian ethos has been significantly eroded. … The collective Christian church in America must wake up and finally take responsibility for abortion. That’s what Election Day 2008 showed.

“The pro-life movement was actually born of necessity by a void in church teaching, and now the church is almost completely reliant on our para-church organizations and the government to handle the gravest human atrocity in all of history. … The church must stop abdicating responsibility to stop abortion to the pro-life movement and politicians. God’s people are commissioned. But since we are uneducated and compromised on the issue of sexual relations and abortion ourselves, it’s no wonder our culture is uneducated and compromised.”

-Jill Stanek, writing on “Life Will Not Go On,” posted Nov. 7 at World Net Daily (www.wnd .com)

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