Usually in my Preaching to the Choir segment, I speak with you about something that has
been on my mind and that likely has been on your mind as well. Today the segment is different. Maybe it is a result of the intense heat that has blistered
These are not the questions of the staff of State of
How many lies does it take to constitute a critical mass that would cause citizens to resolve not to trust the White House and to demand some truth-telling?
Was it faulty intelligence or outright deception or a combination of the two that caused us to invade
After having been told for years that we remain in
Are we dealing with gross incompetence or a studied lack of integrity?
How can the Vice President of the
Surely you see that these questions — reverberating around the traffic light at the intersection of religion and politics — get to the heart of what is happening in our democracy. Will anybody answer them?
The most recent issue of Time magazine reports that the American people feel that the president’s use of religion has deepened divides in the nation. Is that because religion has not played its proper role—questioning deception, challenging dishonesty, demanding conformity to the dictates of justice?
I know religion can make a positive contribution in this troubling situation. For that to happen, though, religious voices will have to challenge the power to which we are charged to speak truth… when truth-telling is not easy or popular.
Ours cannot be the way of the former
Is there a Hypocritic Oath that trumps the Hippocratic Oath or even the common virtue of honesty?
Why are we putting up with this situation? Where is the outrage of the American people who still believe in a constitutional form of government that values and promotes democracy? I have these questions pounding against my conscience, burning in my bones. Are mine the right questions?
Long ago, I learned that, in any situation, we never can get the right answers as long as we are asking the wrong questions. Even a correct answer to a wrong question serves no one well—neither a person nor a nation. So, I ask again, are my inquiries the right questions? If not, who has the right ones?
In the intersection of religion and politics, there is one constant—a pursuit of truth. We never can solve problems without knowing the truth about the problems. Religion likes truth, counts on truth, in fact. Regardless of how much truth disturbs us or angers us, it can fuel the behavior that causes us to begin working to correct what is wrong and to build again the structures, language, and policies of what is right.
It’s time to ask the questions that get us in touch with the truth that will guide us to a recovery of the unity and security that reside where the vitality of democracy and the integrity of religion touch each other.
Also on the show: Dr. Richard Sloan, author of Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine; Professor Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come; and Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK on a letter from Catholic lawmakers lobbying the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the war in Iraq.
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