Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Just A Quick Note

When Rick Warren (and for the record, I'm not a big fan and refuse to read The Purpose Driven Life) holds a civil, discussion forum, where each candidate is asked serious and respectful questions, and allowed time to give a thoughtful answer, people cry theocracy. This is despite the fact that in America, religious participation in politics has a history that stretches all the way back to our founding. However, what really strikes me as funny is that many of the same people who decry an event of this type, were quick to defend Jeremiah Wright as firmly within the best principles of the black religious tradition in America. So apparently, hatin' on whitey from the pulpit is ok. Asking serious questions and offering both sides a chance to participate however, is beyond the pale.