Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Another day, another agitation

In case you weren't depressed, this should do the trick: Christian nationalism. I'm not suggesting that "the Nazis are coming, the Nazis are coming." Still, it's worth remembering that Hitler acted "mit Gott." The picture of Nazi trinkets at the foot of the cross is haunting. American civil society remains strong enough that a slide into fascism is neither imminent nor inevitable. On the other hand, the part of the church that is not cheerleading the rightward drift of the nation is incredibly weak and adrift. Powerful voices of faith speaking out for equity, justice and peace -- and against the scapegoating of immigrants, gays, and Muslims -- are more important now than ever. Pass it on.

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