July 5, 2002

For President, a Spiritual Fourth

For President, a Spiritual Fourth (washingtonpost.com) - Gotta love the quotes from this invocation, given by the Rev. Jack Miller if West Ripley Baptist Church. This invocation was part of the president's 4th of July celebration in Ripley West Virginia:

"We have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word in the name of multiculturalism," Miller prayed. "We have been forced to honor sexual deviance in the name of freedom of expression. We have exploited the system of education in the name of the lottery. We have toyed with the idea of helping human life in the name of medical research. We have killed our unborn children in the name of choice."

It's a religious invocation but it highlights some important ideas. The fact that people differ from the baptists in culture and belief is an annoyance to them. It's not a question of accepting it; its mere existence and any hint of tolerance of it is obviously extremely grating to these people. It's not in their nature to live and let live; controlling the lives of others is a priority. But I wonder if he realized how ridiculous he sounds when he says things like We have toyed with the idea of helping human life in the name of medical research. I guess the idea that god helps those who helps themselves is obsolete. Don't be surprised to hear people saying this sort of thing with emphasis, then going for their medical treatment the next day without a trace of irony.

Posted by James at July 5, 2002 11:57 AM
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