April 18, 2005

Marty: Justice Sunday is Dangerous to the Republic

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 10:14 am

The Frist participation in the so-called “Justice Sunday” event has the normally unflappable Martin Marty upset. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity in the University of Chicago Divinity School. I received his latest Sightings email this morning (not posted yet on the Sightings website.) Excerpts:

Consult the Sightings archive and you will find few columns that display a preoccupation with the Christian right…Something has to be really egregious, outrageous, and dangerous to the republic before we venture forth. This week something is.

…The outrageous, egregious, and dangerous affront was an attack by Senator Bill Frist, the Family Research Council, advocates of “Justice Sunday,” and some evangelical and Southern Baptist notables who know better and usually do better. Tom DeLay is in this camp, having pioneered this kind of blunderbuss attack on fellow believers with whom they disagree politically. They have assaulted and are mobilizing slanderers against millions upon tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews (and fellow evangelicals?) who politically support efforts not to “go nuclear” and hence kill the filibuster potential in the Senate. In Frist’s language, “Democrats” is the term that covers all these enemies of people of faith, but many Republicans also firmly oppose his efforts and name calling. An advertisement running in newspapers poses their political viewpoint alone as being on the side of the Bible. [Shown below for those that haven’t seen it yet – Bob]

…Frist and company, in the name of their interpretation of American freedom, sound more like jihadists than winsome believers. It would be healing to see them on their knees apologizing to the larger public of believers.

Wouldn’t that be something? Seeing Frist, DeLay & Co “on their knees apologizing to the larger public of believers”?

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  1. I would like some assurance that the Christian Right is more intelligent than First and DeLay. I would like someone from the Christian Right to speak up and point out that playing the victim and blaming others (media and Democrates) for your own moral lapse is not healthy for anyone. Where is the cry for reason and moral responsibility from the right?

    Comment by Tony — April 19, 2005 @ 2:00 pm

  2. Amen brothers

    Comment by Anonymous — April 22, 2005 @ 8:16 am

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