Being an "author" for a blog has its pluses and minuses. Ranting and raving is fun. Occasionally an audience pays some attention to my incoherent utterances. The downside - it takes work. It can be a struggle to think of original, clever and pertinent entries. It is especially bothersome and upsetting when the essence of ones upcoming blog entry evaporates due to forces beyond ones control.
A few days ago, this secular humanist (per Newt Gingrich, the penultimate threat to the American way of life) was about to launch into a tirade against our nation’s religious establishment. My targets could have been: religion’s denial of scientific knowledge; its intolerance of gays and lesbians; the assault and oft-violent campaign to curtail a woman’s right over her own body; the intolerance of non-believers; or simply its attack on separation of church and state. But, my choice was none of these.
I decided to unleash my unabated fury on religion for its deafening silence and lack of protest as the Republican Party embarks on a mission to concentrate the wealth of this country in the hands of the privileged few at the expense of the poor, the weak, and the vanishing middle class.
This old liberal remembers priest, ministers, rabbis, and nuns facing, snarling dogs, water cannon, and racist sheriffs in the quest to secure civil rights the disenfranchised. Images of men and women in religious garb being arrested as they protested our government's role in Viet Nam are easily revisited in my mind's eye. The clubs and tear gas versus clerical collars made for great photojournalist images, and touched and changed the heart of this nation. Where is that moral indignation now?
Rick Warren, the invocator at President Obama's inauguration remains silent; the son of Billy Graham endorses the Trumpster, as the G.O.P. unanimously endorses the Ryan Budget which will remove the safety net for the most fragile segments of our population.
I had my subject; I had my material and then to my utter astonishment… my complaint against religion, my vengeful rage is undermined when, unexpectedly, a group of Catholic academics delivers a letter to Speaker of the House Boehner in reference to his upcoming commencement address at the Catholic University of America. The missive simply blasts Boehner and his party:
“Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings…….that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress.”
I am both delighted and depressed: My blog regarding the deafening silence of the religious establishment is obliterated, but these professors are eloquent and have “God” on their side… so I end my blog and invite readers to visit:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss