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Sunday, May 07, 2006

 

War On Christianity ?


Americans Express Their Opinions * United 93, the Movie * Democrats Ascendant

A few weeks back, Washington Post invited readers to comment on the following: "In Today's Culture, Do You See Evidence of a War on Christianity?" The responses were published this morning. Out of a total of 42, an overwhelming majority (30) did not support the argument;six supported the view; and six took a somewhat middle-of-the road position. Very interesting. Perhaps there is hope for us; bigots are not going to prevail. Midterm elections hold the key as to whether we continue to step backward or turn toward a tolerant, compassionate society.

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I have not seen United 93. The reviews of the film have been mostly laudatory. In the blogosphere the posts are divided. Last night I read David Denby's review in The New Yorker. Full of praise. The fact that the script writers and the director stayed away from making it into a John Wayne movie, heroic Americans battling evil terrorists, makes it appealing. It is about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Yet I am not sure that I want to relive that day.

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Go slow, Democrats. The midterm elections are more than six months away. The signs are encouraging but don't get carried away. Let us not forget that the opposition wrote the book on dirty tricks. Karl Rove and the Bush team will stop at nothing to reverse the falling support for the president and his party. Jonathan Weisman in the Post: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in an interview last week that a Democratic House would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House's first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, "You never know where it leads to."

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