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your letter re C of E campaign on
global warming you
say that most of us can manage "thou
shalt not kill". However that doesn't stop a lot of us supporting governments
who by their actions are complicit either directly or indirectly in the
killing of innocent people. Even in so-called neutral Ireland there are
issues surrounding the Shannon stopover etc.
St James Church of Ireland
Durrus, Co Cork, IRELAND
31 July 2006
Universalist Church is way ahead of us on this one with their Green
Sanctuary program. Some
good ideas for all churches to adopt.
Lander, Wyoming, USA
31 July 2006
This is the
chastity of a eunuch
do you use "Hallo" and not "HEllo"?
The idea that
the US and the Muslim world are influenced EQUALLY by 'faith' and are
EQUALLY headed towards theocracy is ridiculous. Hizbollah and the Moral
Majority are similar, true-until you get to the point at which Jerry
Falwell tries to get 12 year olds to wrap dynamite around themselves
or get men to fly planes into buildings. With such a claim, you are virtually
demanding the marginalization you seem to complain of.
It is ironic
that you seem pleased that the C of E has influence on a government (or
at least has some seats in Parliament), but do not want theocracy. This
is not consistent. If the lands of the auto da fe (Mr. Sarmiento's Portugal)
and the Inquisition can separate church and state, why can't England?
Congratulating the C of E for not doing anything bad misses a bigger
point; it can't do much of anything at all. Praising Anglicanism (at
least as a political entity-it is still GROSSLY overrepresented in social
influence-examine a list of US Senators who are Episcopal) for its harmlessness
is like praising Steven Hawking for never committing assault. This isn't
goodness, it's helplessness. This is the chastity of a eunuch.
in the C of E concentrate on 'pelvic' issues. Both are symptoms and causes
of marginalization. Wringing your hands over working in air conditioned
rooms and expecting your grandchildren to be comfortable are useless.
So long as you stay in the rooms, and Palo Alto, you have lost. This
is clearly worth it to you on some level-safety and comfort being the
most obvious. But don't claim moral insight while doing nothing but write
vapid and simpering moral uplift. The idea that while withdrawing from
actual engagement and contact, limiting your appeal and membership to
comfortable enclaves, you would still have the ability to descend and
deliver arguments that had any credibility, still less political and
social force, is simply stupid.
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
6 August 2006
(Ed: we say Hallo because that's just what we do. "Hello" is so roundly
North American, isn't it?)
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