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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Add Kristof to the List

With the exception of John Tierney and David Brooks, the New York Times’s editorial and opinion writers are aggressively anti-Christian.

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The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof proclaims the new terms of battle engagement:

“Even aside from his arguments that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and that St. Paul was a self-hating gay, the new book by a former Episcopal bishop of Newark is explosive.

“John Shelby Spong, the former bishop, tosses a hand grenade into the cultural wars with “The Sins of Scripture,” which examines why the Bible - for all its message of love and charity   - has often been used through history to oppose democracy and women’s rights, to justify slavery and even mass murder.

“It’s a provocative question, and Bishop Spong approaches it with gusto. His mission, he says, is “to force the Christian Church to face its own terrifying history that so often has been justified by quotations from ‘the Scriptures.’ ”

“This book is long overdue, because one of the biggest mistakes liberals have made has been to forfeit battles in which faith plays a crucial role. Religion has always been a central current of American life, and it is becoming more important in politics because of the new Great Awakening unfolding across the United States.

“.... Liberals can and should confront Bible-thumping preachers on their own terms, for the scriptural emphasis on justice and compassion gives the left plenty of ammunition. After all, the Bible depicts Jesus as healing lepers, not slashing Medicaid.”

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