Richard Lamb from the Southern Baptists was interviewed on NPR as a leading voice for Evangelical Christians. When the journalist stated that polls show many evangelicals are now concerned with issues of poverty and justice, he made the following argument (I paraphrase): this may be true, but to ask Christians to be quiet about the sanctity of marriage and life is paramount to telling Martin Luther King that he should have been quiet about equal rights for African Americans.
Where do these people come from??! Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the sanctity of marriage is, as he stated, a command from God to be between a man and a woman -- would not his efforts be far more fruitfully applied to working on the foundations of marriage and the 50+% divorce rate, than dictating who can get married in the first place?? I have to say, as a divorced woman - no gay or lesbian came between either of us...
As to right to life - if it is indeed is so very sacred, why do the Southern Baptists (whom he represents) support the death penalty and the war? Apparently such a stance only counts for a small clump of dividing cells.
Needless to say, this was not the program I should have been listening to in the morning, especially after a poor night of sleep (am reading a good book, couldn't put it down). It wasn't helped by the 10am press conference by "our" President, who invariably speaks to the nation as though WE were the dumb ones...
Keith Olbermann does a nice job of summarizing the Press conference here: Olbermann Compares George Bush to Beavis and Butthead
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