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May 5, 2008

Attitude of Wright and Wrong

Filed under: Video,view — Tags: , , , — Brian @ 7:35 am

On matters of reality we attribute differing views as opinion when it comes to ice cream flavors. On matters of religion, family, country, identity, and life, we attribute views different than ours as threatening, ignorant, or psychotic. The following perspective will no doubt rattle people who have decided Wright is wrong. If this is you, I challenge you to be a little rattled.

“[Reverend] Wright’s offensive opinions and inflammatory appearances are judged differently (than John Hagee, Pat Robertson and Billy Graham). He doesn’t fire a shot in anger, put a noose around anyone’s neck, call for insurrection, or plant a bomb in a church with children in Sunday school. What he does is to speak his mind in a language and style that unsettles some people, and says some things so outlandish and ill-advised that he finally leaves Obama no choice but to end their friendship. We are often exposed to the corroding acid of the politics of personal destruction, but I’ve never seen anything like this — this wrenching break between pastor and parishioner — before our very eyes. Both men no doubt will carry the grief to their graves. All the rest of us should hang our heads in shame for letting it come to this in America, where the gluttony of the non-stop media grinder consumes us all and prevents an honest conversation on race. It is the price we are paying for failing to heed the great historian Jacob Burckhardt, who said “beware the terrible simplifiers.”

Bill Moyers

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