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19 October 2005 @ 12:26 pm
Mea Culpa  
I want to pass on this gem by Garrison Keillor:


At this point in time, I don't see Karl Rove or Tom DeLay writing a good mea culpa, and I doubt that Colin Powell or Donald Rumsfeld will either. And of course presidents never do, and here is one more proof that we are not now nor have we ever been a Christian nation. Confession is at the heart of the faith. (All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.) But under this administration, the faith has been revised, all the stuff about the poor has been tabled and the confession of sin omitted, and prayer is now a promotional device in which you thank God for making you the terrific person you are. In the Christian view of the world, these folks rank lower than outright atheists, which is a terrifying aspect of the faith -- better never to have believed than to use sacred things for your grimy self-aggrandizement -- and which might scare a Republican into writing a decent book. One can hope for this.


I think he's put his finger on what annoys me most about this administration. Under the guise of a religion that preaches peace, understanding, caring for the poor and turning the other cheek, this administration proceeds to do exactly the opposite. I can only imagine how those who genuinely practice Christianity must feel about this total misrepresentation of their faith.