John Shelby Spong, author of numerous books on Christianity, said in his “On Faith”
post today at the Washington Post’s Web site that the belligerence animating the health-care debate is a symptom of white males who fear losing the power they’ve had in the U.S., as minority groups become a larger demographic and spawn decision-making leaders.
“What we are seeing today in the drumbeat of hostility and fear across this nation seems to me to arise from those who feel that their power is slipping away,” he writes. “The levels of hostility are incredibly high and wild charges are being made in the media and even by some heretofore responsible public servants in the political arena. ‘Health care reform will euthanize the elderly;’ ‘the government is taking over business’ (which not coincidentally it rescued with massive infusions of taxpayer dollars when the whole economy teetered on the edge of depression); ‘the nation is becoming socialist, communist;’ ‘the President was born in Kenya – he is not legitimate.’ ‘You lie,” spoken in the heart of our government to our president. These are the frantic and yet pitiful expressions of fear expressing itself in anger that verges on violence.”
Spong’s best-selling books include “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism,” “A New Christianity for a New World” and ”Why Christianity Must Change or Die.”
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