Effort To Destroy Terrorists
In the wake of the horrific events of Tuesday, every where you look, politicians from both parties, the media, and others in positions of influence are bombarding us with prayers, requests for prayers, and assurances that our nation is protected by the Christian god (Allah 4, God 0?). Every time Bush has spoken, he has sounded more like a preacher than a president. Last night CNN devoted a large section of time (I don't know how long because I switched stations) to live coverage of a decidedly Christian prayer vigil in the U.S. Capitol building. As I was starting to write this, I received a forwarded message from the Secretary of the Navy that ended with
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and I know that our prayers are with the victims, their families, and our Commander-In-Chief. God bless America.
Aside form the normal church-state issues in this, I believe that these people are undermining our efforts to find and destroy the barbarians that murdered so many of our people. In the coming weeks and months, we are going to need the aid and cooperation of the moderate (and not so moderate) Arab states. If our leaders keep publicly proclaiming our nation's "Christianity", they are going to further alienate the very people we need help from. It is going to be even more an "us" versus "them" situation. In my not-so-humble opinion, I think that the Bush administration and anybody else who acts counter to our national interest is guilty of treason.
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine"
To: "Prescott, Andy"
Subject: Treasonous Acts
Date: September 13, 2001
I still think it's going to ultimately backfire upon the cause of Christianity's credibility. I'm still thinking that a significant number of Americans will end up seeing the futility of thinking that a personal or rescuing deity exists. I am willing to bet this happens if September 11 is only the beginning.
Unfortunately, we only look tacky for making much noise about this. I learned this from listening to folks in Colorado (Columbine High School) and Oklahoma City (the Murrah Building) grapple with the ubiquitious sermonizing which followed both of those events. We are, I think, entirely justified in pointing out, en masse, that the Christian god appears to have been asleep at the wheel on September 11!
I agree that the alienation of a significant portion of Americans constitutes a form of treason (particularly in alienating those Muslim Americans who must feel the outrage that this was done in the name of their precious faith and family heritage, who feel this blow in addition to the outrage that we all feel that it was done at all). This form of "treason" is not literal nor punishable as a crime, of course, but it does make those who perpetrate it in some ways accountable for the damage that this behavior will certainly do to our nation's much-needed unity.
Perhaps we should work on a recommended media response.
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