October 2, 2006

Some Monday morning quotes

Randall Balmer reiterates his attempt to get religious conservative organizations to denounce torture. They would not.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/29/2006 | Where's religious right's outrage now?: "The religious right's indifference toward the ethical issues surrounding war and torture is hardly befitting those who designate themselves the moral arbiters of our society. If my fellow evangelicals aspire to be the conscience of America, they had better liberate themselves from their captivity to the Republican Party and to the morally bankrupt policies of the Bush administration."

And this one from Elmer Gantry--a book we should all re-read.
Jesus Politics: A Bunch of Elmer Gantrys : "'He had, in fact, got everything from the church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason.'"

And Preemptive Karma catches this from the Richard Land article (same one where he assures us that SB's support Bush in huge numbers--despite torture, war, incompetence [my words, not his]) about his approach on the Middle East:
Preemptive Karma: Southern Baptists wanna go negative, surprising nobody: "Land, who also serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent and bipartisan federal agency, said the United States needs to worry less about trying to improve its image in the Middle East.

Instead, Land says, 'we ought to go negative.'

'We ought to be spending our money explaining what the Middle East would look like if the jihadists win, what Afghanistan looked like when the Taliban was in control and what the role of women was."

No word on whether Land wants to also explain to the Middle East why the Taliban is on the way back, or why some 100,000 plus Iraqi civilians have died since we invaded. Hard to explain. Kind of like trying to explain why you destroyed the village to save it.

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