Of course, the focus of that last post was a development in New York City, which is considerably more civilized than most of the country. In rural Mississippi things do not seem quite so cozy. This is from a reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog:
If you travel down any road, you will see churches popping up everywhere. I’ve lived here my entire life, and it used to be that each community had one church, usually Baptist, with a place name. Now they have names like Bread of Life, The Living Water, and By Faith; single-word names like Cornerstone, Compass, and Centricity.
They pop up in the middle of nowhere, in abandoned storefronts, in closed-down factories, in metal buildings put up in the middle of the woods. And everyone has a preacher who is called Brother, or Elder, or Bishop. And all these fundamental churches spend the majority of their time either directly or indirectly involved with local, state, and national politics, involved in the Tea Bagger Movement, the War on Christmas movement, the myriad boycotts of every hue, and posters and ads of every conceivable variety.
Ugh. And here’s some charming news from the Idaho governor’s race:
A Republican candidate for governor in Idaho who joked about hunting President Obama over the summer is calling for God to save the U.S. Constitution.
Rex Rammell said recently it is time for citizens to “rise up” and defend the Constitution. He said he will spread that message on the campaign trail.
“To think that we can save the Constitution without God’s help when the government of the United States is corrupt is absurdity,” he said. “We are in America’s second Revolutionary War to save our freedom, which we paid for with blood. We need God’s help and I’m not ashamed to ask for it.”
I used to live in Idaho. Pocatello to be exact. Granted, I was six, but I still have a clear memory of trying to explain to my teacher that I would not be in class on Rosh Hashanah. I might have been the first person ever to say that to her, but she eventually came to understand it was a Jewish holiday and decided that was OK.
Guess there is still some work to do.