14th May 2008

“The political arena has been lousy with the talk-show variety [of religion] in recent years: worrying about whether children could pray in school instead of whether they'd eaten before they got there, obsessing about the beginning of life instead of the end of poverty, concerned with private behavior instead of public generosity.”

Anna Quindlen

3 Responses to “14th May 2008”

  1. James Fothergill Says:

    Most talk shows are to be avoided for these very reasons. Politics, as Anna as rightly pointed out, needs to be discussing how those with power can help those without, not how the majority can solidify its position.

  2. Critic Says:

    Ms. Quindlan’s statement is so very true. Here in Colorado, the godbots are currently ranting about their ballot initiative to define a fertilized egg as a person. Apparently god is all about granting “personhood” to a couple of cells, but, as noted, god is not too interested in starving uneducated children growing up in poverty.

  3. Chris Says:

    I have always liked Ms. Quindlen. She’s apparently a devout catholic of the “he who is without sin, cast the first stone” variety who actually seems to walk the talk. What I like about her, and theists like her, is that she takes social justice seriously but isn’t preachy or sneering about it. I’ve got no problem with these folks, I just wish there were more of them instead of the so-called “christians” who are all about hate and sin and punishment and parading the superiority of their moral teachings all over the countryside and in their appalling mega-churches while raising a new generation of hate mongers and fear spreaders on the disgusting Left Behind books. I’ll take a turn-the-other-cheeker any day. Cheers, Ms. Quindlen.