Follow-Up in Grand Rapids

My girlfriend/brother-in-law Jon posted an extremely intelligent comment to the Grand Rapids post I put up night before last. He may wear nightgowns but he’s thoughtful and helps me think about things and for that I’m grateful.

Christians will disagree about stem cell research, but it is both
immoral and unpatriotic for Bush to use federal law enforcement
officials to stifle the debate. The question for individual people is
whether it is moral. The question for government is what policy will
establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common
defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of
liberty to ourselves and to our posterity. Whether that policy is
Christian or not is for individuals, not government, to decide. The
threat Bush presents is that he is using governmental power to stomp
out the opposition. To make matters even worse, Bush tries to use the
fact that Bush is “Christian” to justify abusing government power. It
is almost as if Bush thinks he can make people Christian by using
governmental power to force people to pray whenever Bush thinks prayer
is warranted. If you oppose Bush’s religious choices, your Christianity
is called into question. Whether or not Bush’s ban on talking to
pregnant teens is moral or not moral from a Christian point of view, it
is unconstitutional and a far more serious threat to free Christians
everywhere than anything Osama Bin Laden is planning.

Patti from BCMA sent me this bit from the Grand Rapids Press, today’s edition:

"By their deeds ye shall know them…Your deeds, Mr. President — neglecting the needy to coddle the rich, desecrating the environment, and misleading the country into war — do not exemplify the faith we live by. Moreover, many of your supporters are using religion as a weapon to divide our nation and advance a narrow partisan agenda…We urge you not to use Calvin College as a platform to advance policies that violate the school’s religious principles…"

Saturday is when Pres. Bush will be speaking at Calvin College, an evangelical college in Michigan. It’s a swing state where Pres. Bush is trying to cement the gains of the 2004 election, by bolstering Republican strength there. The speech was even arranged by Bush’s political director, Karl Rove. And, like any presidential speech, it will surely have political overtones.

Nevertheless, as has become painfully typical, Pres. Bush’s supporters have not let facts sway their argument; in this case, the argument that the speech’s critics, not planners, have politicized the event. What they should truly worry about, however, is not the event’s political overtones, but its religious ones.

Because if even faculty members at an evangelical college have begun to perceive the disconnect between Bush’s religious rhetoric and his anti-American, anti-Jesus policies, even the religious right may decide it’s had its fill of theocracy.

This is one of those posts that is comprised of the words of others because they are clearer and better than mine; it’s on my blog because they echo my sentiments. Thanks guys.

2 responses to “Follow-Up in Grand Rapids

  1. Both excellently articulated. Jon’s was my favorite.

  2. Wow, thanks Vicki, Jon and Patti for the insightful and thoughtful comments on the Calvin College speech.

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