Monday, December 19, 2005

 

A good editorial from Duluth

From the Duluth Superior:

I don't know who Jerry Kimball is, but he's got the right idea.

There are several credible reasons for being a political conservative. I understand these philosophies and I respect friends who espouse them, even if I disagree. Much more difficult to respect are those religious extremists who are so publicly adamant about certain social issues while wrapping their anger around politics and governance. Where is their outrage and fight for children who have no health insurance and who are hungry or sick or homeless? They should read evangelical Christian theologian Jim Wallis' book, "God's Politics." He notes that the Bible contains more than 3,000 admonitions about the requirement to help the poor, an emphasis that monumentally overshadows any reference to sexual orientation, rights to die naturally, abortions or judgeships.

Because of religious extremism and for the good of the country we should refrain from future use of the term, "conservative" and substitute it with "illiberal" which is, of course, the opposite of liberal. Webster's dictionary defines "illiberal," in part, as "intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, not generous, stingy." Webster in this case is unfair. Most conservatives are not bigoted.

During the past several years many of us have circled our wagons and become insular to protect our ability to buy, intolerant to assure our places in eternity and illiberal to justify our lack of generosity. Avarice is one of the seven deadly sins. Does this apply here? The great Christian poet Dante traveled through the Inferno. I wonder what he would have said.
Definintely worth a read.

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