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On a mission of outreach to both Muslim and Orthodox Christian communities, Pope Benedict’s controversial trip to Turkey has kicked off fairly smoothly. Hopefully this visit will serve as another helpful stage in the needed bridge-building between Muslims and Christians.
There’s new Muslims on the block. Check out Eteraz: States of Islam. A Scoop-based blog, the content already makes for very informative and prophetic reading.
Ali Eteraz writes:
“Unlike some of my fellow believers I don’t think that the recent glut of Westerners calling for the reformation of Islam is due solely to an imperial Western ambition. I believe that some of non-Muslim engagement with Islam is premised upon a well-intentioned impulse. I believe that some Western antipathy towards Islam is due to decency. It is quite plausible that a generation that faced off against two totalitarianisms might be right about a third. It is also plausible that for every Westerner who calls for the destruction of Islam in order to defend the Western status-quo, there is another Westerner who agitates for change in Islam because has a Muslim friend who has been hurt by what passes for Islam, or has a glimpse (in Hafiz, perhaps in Ibn Rushd), of what Islam could be; and as such, is upset by what Islam today is not.”
Provoke podcasts makes for stimulating listening. Check out this piece on the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. “Guests are: IVC volunteers, Mr. Tom Tiffany, Ms. Duffy Laws, and Mr. Jerry May. Their stories will bring a smile to your face and entertain you. And, as always, you will be inspired by their humility and commitment. Also interviewed is Mr. Bill MacSherry, a regional director of the IVC.”
Mik Moore is JSpot on justice! He asks, “Does Anyone Care About Domestic Poverty?” Mik adds: “there clearly needs to be a much greater effort made to fight extreme poverty and the global health crisis. But it’s hard not to feel like Americans are more comfortable tackling poverty overseas than poverty here at home.”
Faith in Public Life will return Monday. Until then, check out our A Time to Give Thanks letter in appreciation for the thousands of folks working for justice and the common good.
A new book on faith and politics hit the shelves today: How the Republicans Stole Religion written by Bill Press. Press is a nationally syndicated columnist, radio host, political commentator and former seminarian. The book originally came out last year with the title How the Republicans Stole Christmas. In it, Press rails against the Religious Right for monopolizing the language of values and religion and calls for Democrats to reclaim religion from the so-called “moral majority.” Inspired by the 2004 elections, Press offers his take on the proper role of religion in politics. For a taste of his prose, check out this excerpt :
” In tackling this topic, I draw on my life as a Catholic, my degree in theology, my knowledge of Scripture and my decade spent in the seminary – as well as over 30 years of active involvement in politics as campaign manager, strategist, candidate and political commentator on television and radio. I speak to and from both worlds, and I begin with this premise:
1. Conservatives possess no monopoly on religion. There’s still a place in the church for liberals and moderates.
2. On many important social issues today, conservatives have it all wrong. They twist Scripture to fit their politics, rather than base their politics on Scripture.
3. What many religious conservatives define as “moral valuesâ€ today is not the morality of the New Testament. It’s too narrow, too selfish, and too intolerant.
4. Conservatives have turned Jesus Christ upside-down: from a loving Messiah who hung out with the poor and dispossessed, into a cold-hearted monster who cares only for the rich and powerful.
It’s time to define the proper intersection of religion and politics.
It’s time to end the Republican monopoly on God and God-talk.
Did REAL values voters just stand up for common good policies?
“From immigration, stem cells, and corruption to paychecks and war, the issues voters cared about in the midterm election reflect deeply held values far beyond those promoted by right-wing conservatives. On November 7, voters sent a strong message for change in domestic and international policies and for government that is ethical and accountable.”