Tuesday, April 11, 2006


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I admit I first heard the above question over at Virgil's site a few months ago (go to the bottom of the page), but it's a question I've been thinking about a bit the past week or so, and the liberal media seems to be feeding my curious nature by asking similar questions themselves.

As someone who grew up in a highly Christian and liberal household, I've always found the hate-mongering theology of the religious right to be misinformed, ill-conceived, and fucking twisted. Shame on them.

The knee-jerk reaction, and one I had as a kid, even, arguing with my mostly conservative Lutheran school classmates, was that Jesus was most certainly a Democrat. He helped the poor, accepted the outcasts, and kicked the moneylenders out of the Temple. So imagine my surprise, in 1984, when Reagan defeated Mondale in our classroom election 18-4 (19-4, if you include the teacher's vote). This was a concept I just couldn't get my head around.

So, naturally, even today, there's a part of me that believes it's time to Take Jesus Back. And the ever-reliable Nation magazine has a slew of recent articles stating essentially the same thing.

But, then, really... don't you want your spiritual leaders (and especially, say, your savior) to transcend politics? The NY Times was kind enough to include a recent Op-Ed piece, arguing this point, particularly where Jesus is concerned.

I'm too busy to answer all these questions for myself, much less for all of you. So go read some of the articles and tell me what to think. I'm putty in your hands.

You hear me, Russ? If you're reading this, I'm putty in your hands!

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At 5:34 PM , Blogger Karl said...

I'm pretty sure I voted with you. I know my dad voted Reagan, but my mom's always been a Democrat, and I'm sure I would have followed her lead.

There's a book called God's politics : why the right gets it wrong and the left doesn't get it that addresses exactly what you're talking about. I've not read it yet, but I heard several interviews with the author, Jim Wallis, and he has a lot to say about what progressives should be doing to bring religion back into the debate on our side.

At 8:44 AM , Blogger dan g said...

Your dad voted for Reagan??

I think you were one of the four. I don't remember the other two, just that Mondale got blown out at Topeka Lutheran School.

At 5:38 PM , Blogger Karl said...

Oh, my dad was a total Reaganite. My mom still thinks of him as a straight-ahead Republican, but I'm pretty sure he voted Kerry, and he may have even voted Gore. We've had a few conversations about politics, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't trust Bush at all. That's good, 'cause I'd hate to have to disown my dad. :-)


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