In 1991, after two racketeering trials, Edwin Edwards faced KKK Grand Dragon David Duke in a runoff election for Governor of Louisiana. This was a popular bumper sticker:
In 2012, Barack Hussein Obama, a Christian of some sort, faces Mitt Romney, adherent of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (which has historically
condemned denigrated Christian Churches as apostate and does not concur with Christendom even up to the ancient and ecumenical Nicene Creed). If you want to know what they believe instead, consult your mainstream media, who have developed a sudden intense interest in arcane questions like “just how funky is Mormon underwear?”
So what shall the Religious Right’s slogan be? “Vote for the [X]; It’s Important.” Solve for X, a euphemistic-but-marginally-truthful characterization of the faith of the Mormon who is supposed to lead “Christian America” for the next four years.
I hope the question’s not too deplorable.
[T]he empiricist administers his coup de grace: “We can be proud of the species because, having discovered that we are alone, we owe the gods very little.” This would be a noble blasphemy, like that of Job’s wife, if the empiricist or Mr. Wilson believed in God, but neither one of them does. It is only a weary little cliché of a too familiar “scientific” iconoclasm – hubris without a bang.
(Wendell Berry, Life Is a Miracle)
We have come with some confidence to believe that a significant part of Christianity in the United States is actually only tenuously Christian in any sense that it is seriously connected to the actual historical Christian tradition. . . . It is not so much that U.S. Christianity is being secularized. Rather, more subtly, Christianity is either degenerating into a pathetic version of itself or, more significantly, Christianity is actively being colonized and displaced by quite a different religious faith.
Our e-mail was down from early Tuesday to late Wednesday, so now I’m catching up e-mail. I’m going to call it a night after this somewhat premature jibe:
I do soooo hope that Secretary of State Clinton, who has declared that “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” doesn’t deplore me the way Janet Reno deplored the Branch Davidians.
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