Political rhetoric doesn’t kill, however shrill or hateful it becomes. Only a person who takes up arms against another kills that person. He alone bears the responsibility for that murder. That is not to say that it is acceptable to advocate violence against others, or to declare that one’s political opponents are enemies of the State. Constitutionally protected freedom of speech comes with the personal responsibility to use it wisely, even as it does in the constitutionally protected right to bear arms.
In a fit of royal rage, Henry uttered the words that would change the history of both Church and Crown in England. We are not sure exactly what they were, but the traditional version is: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”
The deconstructive liturgy of Ash Wednesday is an anti-Palm Sunday rite: there is no triumph here, just a one sentence reminder that the people who want Jesus to free them don’t really want it badly enough not to betray him, literally or figuratively. That would be us.
Americans Celebrating on May 1, 2011Osama Bin Laden is dead, his body buried at sea, in a dubious interpretation of Islamic law by an American government at pains to see that his corpse would not become a fetish for his followers. The United States, and most of the rest of the Western world, has spent … Continue reading American Horcrux
They came, hundreds strong, standing in the spring sunshine. They were young and old, working class and middle class, union and nonunion, white and black and brown. There were Muslims and Jews, Christians and nonbelievers, Unitarians and Baptists and Lutherans. There was a sprinkling of Episcopalians, the usual suspects: the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Ministry, … Continue reading Outside the Locked Doors of the Cathedral, A Call for Justice
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. --Ralph W. EmersonOn Wednesday, after Hal Rogers said he would cut $36 billion from current-year federal expenditures, the Kentucky Republican chair of the House Appropriations Committee was dragged into a dark corner of the Congressional playground and threatened … Continue reading The Tea Party’s Foolish Budget Consistency
"Words have meaning," as any Dittohead can tell you, is Rush Limbaugh's favorite rejoinder to the political Left. Ironic, isn't it that so many of his fellow travelers on the Anarchist Highway have suddenly become deconstructionalists, insisting that words are only words, so fraught with nuance and ambiguity they are ultimately devoid of inherent meaning? The Right wing has … Continue reading Words Have Meaning
Jeremiah 23:1-6Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to … Continue reading Christ the King Sunday: Be Warned
Joel 2:23-322 Timothy 4:6-18Luke 18:9-14“Their flight may be likened to an immense snow-storm, extending from the ground to a height at which our eyes perceive them only as minute, darting scintillations, leaving the imagination to picture them indefinite distances beyond. When on the highest peaks of the Snowy Range, fourteen or fifteen thousand feet above … Continue reading The 22nd Sunday After Pentecost Year C: A Sinner’s Prayer
Dear Senator McConnell:Like you, I was distressed to learn of the financial deficit at the Department of Health and Human Services. And like you, I believe that it's vital for State government to act in a responsible and transparent way with public funding.But, after reading your letter to HHS Director Emma Forkner, I believe that … Continue reading Dear Senator McConnell: Sink the Hunley and Take Care of the Poor