This week as people celebrated the lives and mourned the deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Heschel, Mik Moore writes:
“In the 2000s, we have seen a renaissance of local Jewish groups committed to social and economic justice issues, often working closely with local black and Latino groups. Many of these organizations were formed by local Jewish activists saddened by deteriorating relationships between Jews and communities of color, and angered by the Jewish role in this deterioration. Groups like the Progressive Jewish Alliance in California have been particular successful at rebuilding burnt bridges and reestablishing trust between communities.”
Unfortunately some national politicians continue to lash out and stereotype both groups. Today, a Virginia state blog reports,
“Bloggers who oppose the Slavery Apology resolution have acquired a champion of sorts. His name? Delegate Frank Hargrove (R-55th, Hanover).
When asked what he thought of the resolution by The Daily Progress’ Bob Gibson, Hargrove reportedly replied: “I personally think that our black citizens should get over it.”
Gibson reports on Hargrove’s opposition today in The Daily Progress. Hargrove says some pretty interesting things. The quote of the day?
How far do these calls for apologies go, wondered Hargrove, a member of the House Rules Committee that could take up McEachin’s resolution as early as Wednesday.
“Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?â€
Clearly we’ve still got a long way to go.
During 2006 and already this year provides some terrible examples of the racism that rides below the surface in many parts of America. From George Allen, Mel Gibson, Michael Richards to Rep. Virgil Goode and Rep. Hargrove – now’s the time to realize that multifaith and multi-ethnic American dream for which Abraham Heschel and Martin Luther King marched together.
As has been pointed out many times, too often we forget that Dr. King fought the very idea of war as a solution to conflict. As America sends another 20,000 troops off to Iraq against the majority will of the people, let us remember his prophetic words: “this business. . .cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.”
Care about the concept of separation of churuch and state? Recently the blogoshere has probed what that means via a piece in the Times by Mara Vanderslice. Read Talk to Action on it here. Mara Vanderslice responds here on Street Prophets. In counterpoint to that, Frederick Clarkson worries about losing a core principle. At Faithful Democrats, Jesse Lava also gets into the frey and sides with Mara.
“You know how in musicals, characters break into song seemingly at random, usually with no awareness that there’s anything strange about singing at any or every moment of the day? Being at Ohalah is a little bit like that, and as I reflect on what it feels like to be heading home, I think leaving the singing behind may be the hardest part.”
First, they point out that “forty-four percent of young American adults agree that religion is a very important part of their lives.”
Often this faith is tied to what the next generation grew up with, but increasingly, the study finds that many attitudes toward other religions are changing. What I find significant is that attitudes toward some of the hot button issues of the past couple of decades seem to be shifting away from interest in the agenda of the religious right.
For instance, study director Judy Woodruff points out:
“In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of young adults feel that conservative Christians have gone too far in trying to impose their religious values on the country.
And even young evangelicals sometimes question their elders when it comes to issues like abortion and gay marriage. Support for Democratic candidates by young, white evangelicals jumped 10 percent this past election, a bigger increase than any other age group.”
Yesterday, Faith in Public Life hosted a press teleconference that highlighted faith leaders who are working to hold the new Congress accountable on the issues that were of greatest moral importance to Americans in 2006. The teleconference has already yielded hitsfor our partners, and a great AP Audio spot on faithful opposition to President Bush’s pending announcement on escalation in Iraq. Click here to hear the audio! It features Rick Ufford Chase of Christian Peace Witness in Iraq, Jeff Carr of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, and Paul Sheery of Let Justice Roll.