Archive for September 1st, 2010

September 1, 2010

Obama on the End of Combat in Iraq

by Vince

The full video is here.

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September 1, 2010

Christian Nationalism

by Vince

Ross Douthat was skeptical about Glenn Becks’ Honor Rally:

There was enough material, in other words, to justify almost any interpretation of the event. A Beck admirer could spin “Restoring Honor” as proof that left-wing fears about the Tea Partiers are overblown: free of rancor, racism or populist resentment, the atmosphere at the rally resembled that of a church picnic or a high school football game. But a suspicious liberal could retort that all the God-and-Christ talk and military tributes were proof enough that a sinister Christian nationalism lurked beneath the surface. (I’m sure The New York Review of Books has already commissioned an essay on that theme.)

Similarly, one could call the rally a gross affront to the memory of King, who presumably wouldn’t have cared much for Beck’s right-wing politics. But one could also call the day a strange, unlooked-for fulfillment of King’s prophecies: 47 years after the “I Have a Dream” speech, here were tens of thousands of white conservatives roaring their approval of its author.

Douthat nails on the head my skepticism when it comes to Glenn Becks’ rally. He made it intentional to put aside politics but still bridged the church-state divide. This type of Christianism eerily reminds me of the Jewish authorities in Jesus’ time that saw Caesar as their King. This comparison is not identical but imagine the radiating support a Republican president would receive today in the Oval Office. There is already a Church of Reagan.