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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

What?! You Mean We Are Our Brothers' Keepers?

"Christian" neocons are in the middle of a waking nightmare:

What?! We can't just roll merrily along in our gas-guzzling cars and trucks and ignore those ... those ... poor people? Those poor black people [or anyone of any ethnic group or economic level not our own] who have the effrontery to not wear what we wear, not drive what we drive, not be the kind of consumers we are? But it's our duty to ignore people who aren't self-satisfied, self-righteous money-making machines like we are. If we acknowledge them, help them, then how will they ever have the willpower to pull themselves up and become just like us?

Columnist Mark Morford asks:

Can you hear that? That low scraping moan, that painful scream, that compressed hissing wail like the sound of an angry alligator caught in a vice?

Why, it's the GOP, and they're screaming, "No, no it can't be, oh my God, please no, this damnable Katrina thing is just an unstoppable PR disaster for us!" ...

Who knew it would lay bare our deeply inbred agenda of social injustice and civil neglect, and our systematic abuse of the country? This storm thing is so not the thing we need right now because, oh my God look, just look! We've been so golden! We've had the run of the candy store! We have been gods among swine!

No matter who we are or what we look like or whether we're religious or not, we are all our brothers' keepers. There is no other reason to be on this planet.


Peter K Fallon, Ph.D. said...

Tell 'em, Katherine. I'm sending this one to my right-wing friend, Howie. It'll drive him huts.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

You know, Howie, you have to start listening to Peter. He's a journalist with a spine and plenty of facts.

Steve said...


Well-put. What is it Jim Wallis says: There are 3,000 references to poverty in the bible and no references to gay marriage.

If we have more religion in the schools, as conservatives espouse, let's begin with the parable of the sheep and the goats.

markfromireland said...

Yay! Second the motion and nice blog.

Somewhat conservative Cathlic from Ireland here. I love pointing out to the extremists that the word "Catholic" means universal and that universal includes, blacks, gays, poor people, sick people, refugees, unemployed people.

I quite enjoy watching the expression on their face change. I've always liked that shade of purple ...

Try it some time but wait 'til your feeling "UnChristian" :-)

Sorry to read about your hand - speedy recovery.

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