Monday, November 08, 2004

Yes, THAT Gary Hart

Gary Hary has an opinion piece at the NYTimes worth reading, for all churchgoing Christians who were left smarting after the right-wing hijacked their God on election day. Yes, that Gary Hart, who in his own anticipated defense against the witch dunkers, says this:
"...I will seek to pre-empt the ad hominem disqualifiers. I am a sinner. I only ask for the same degree of forgiveness from my many critics that they were willing to grant George W. Bush for his transgressions."

And most tellingly:
"If we are to insert "faith" into the public dialogue more directly and assertively, let's not be selective. Let's go all the way. Let's not just define "faith" in terms of the law and judgment; let's define it also in terms of love, caring, forgiveness. Compassionate conservatives can believe social ills should be addressed by charity and the private sector; liberals can believe that the government has a role to play in correcting social injustice. But both can agree that human need, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy and sickness must be addressed. Liberals are not against religion. They are against hypocrisy, exclusion and judgmentalism. They resist the notion that one side or the other possesses "the truth" to the exclusion of others. There is a great difference between Cotton Mather and John Wesley."

Go read, and feel better.

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