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Thread #77771   Message #1390632
Posted By: PoppaGator
27-Jan-05 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Religious Left
Subject: RE: BS: The Religious Left
Seems to me that *most* issues for which the Left (Christian and otherwise) has espoused are essentially "conservative" insofar as they oppose the imposition of governmental authority: don't draft us, don't kill us, don't make us ride in the back of the bus, don't lock us out of public schools, don't legislate what we can do in our bedrooms.

The fundamentalist movement, on the other hand, seems to be strongly focused upon imposing their values and standards of behavior upon everyone, including those ~ especially those ~ who do not share their beliefs.

Of course, both "sides" think they're right ~ duh! Each of us believes what we believe, and cannot easily be persuaded otherwise. But I think that there is a basic difference between the two sides in terms of the tolerance they exercise.

Sadly, those who truly believe that "blessed are the meek" tend to lose out to the bullies, at least in the short run. Martin Gibson had a point when he described the coming "world series" between rightist and leftist Christians as a conflict where those who turn the other cheek the most emerge as the losers.

It takes true faith to believe that might won't always make right. Keep your eyes on the prize!