Tag: ideology

Jesus, Jefferson, and Jingoism

Jesus, Jefferson, and Jingoism

"Life" Issues, community, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, declaration of independence, Ethics, fourth of july, Religion, Spirituality, Tolerance
I am re-publishing this "Skeptic's" column today because, if anything, it is even more relevant today than when it first appeared. Well, we are in that time of year again – July in general, and the Fourth in particular -- when we all make the obligatory pilgrimage to the First Church of American Exceptionalism, also known colloquially and variously as "the back yard" or "the deck" or "the patio", where we celebrate the Sacrament of Opportunistic Patriotism with beer instead of wine, with burgers instead of unleavened bread, on an outdoor barbecue grill instead of an altar, where meat is miraculously transubstantiated into “bad” cholesterol. It’s all a very moving ritual. But the part I find most meaningful and profound is the part of the service where we all pause, put our burgers back
The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

community, conservatism, Politics, Spirituality
Once upon a time I was a conservative. No, really! I was! Seriously. In fact, I was a conservative – more accurately, I became a conservative – during the latter part of my undergraduate years and in graduate school in the early 70s, when the Vietnam War began to show some hope of finally winding down. (The details are not relevant, but suffice to say that I began to move to the right when I observed the vilification and slander to which returning American troops were sometimes subjected, something that rankles to this day.) I probably … perhaps … who knows? … would have remained a conservative. That I did not was due, not to my moving leftward, but to American conservatism moving rightward … to such a degree that it often becomes a self-parodying mixture of buffoonery and at least borderl