Thursday, March 02, 2006

It Can't Happen Here 2

Across more than a dozen years, I can still hear that early warning: Fundamentalist Christians are organizing to win low-profile local elections. But their ultimate goal is to build a political power base from which to transform society in their image.

And I remember my reaction: Okay, they might pick up a few school board seats or even win a majority on some small town council. But power at the state level in prosperous, progressive Minnesota? Or a national majority based on the Bible, patriotism and intolerance? Come on, the country was getting ready to throw out Bush 1.

If you've found your way here, you don't need a litany of how things have changed for the worse. If you care about free speech, about the working poor, about public education, about the environment, about how your kids will pay off our debts, about rights to privacy and your gay and lesbian and immigrant friends, it's not enough to read warnings and then stare out the window and say: Naaahh.

That's what I did when I heard the first warning. The drums are so much louder today.

No way I'm looking back in shame again.

3 Comments:

Blogger bob said...

So, what do we do?

6:26 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

Without a Chrsitian worldview these social things that you claim to be important are quite worthless.

Remember it was the Protestant Reformation that first set up these programs which were based out of the church.

You want to deny Christ yet claim his benefits? In the words of Cornelius Vantil that is like "a little girl sitting on the lap of her grandfather and slapping him in the face."

7:27 PM  
Blogger Charlie Quimby said...

So also sayeth the Taliban of their worldview. I'm not denying Christ, just the fundamentalists imposing their narrow version of life on others via the government.

7:11 AM  

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