Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2006, weekend
September 30, 2006
POLITICIANS AND THEIR RELIGIOUS GREETINGS
Is it politically exploitive or just plain courtesy that causes the president and other politicians to issue statements on and about religious holidays, like this one from George W. Bush about Yom Kippur? Sometimes I think it's both.
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D-0-G and G-O-D
My wife just finished reading columnist John Grogan's book about the dog mentioned in this reflection about animals and God. So I took that as a divine sign that I should share this piece with you this weekend.
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WHEN IS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE THE RIGHT CALL?
A few days ago, the man who used to be the highest elected official in my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), was arrested at a peace demonstration.
The arrest of Rick Ufford-Chase (shown here in a photo I took when he visited my church earlier this year) raises several questions for me. And I'd like you to struggle along with me as we think about them. (Click here to read Rick's blog.)
* At what point are people of faith -- in this case Protestant Christians -- called to move from legal protest to civil disobedience?
* Is civil disobedience always an individual judgment call or are there some universal standards we might apply -- say, in the way we have standards for what is a "just war"?
* Should employees of faith-based organizations who engage in civil disobedience first have the permission of their employers?
* Should those employers be expected to bear the legal costs of the case once an arrest happens?
* What obligation do members of a faith community have to support one of their own who decides it's time to engage in civil disobedience?
* What would Jesus do -- and how do we know?
No doubt there are many more questions that Rick's arrest raise, but those are where I'd start. You're free to pile on your answers in the comments section here on in e-mail to me.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.
P.S.: Let me reiterate my thanks to readers here who -- almost without exception in the comments they leave -- engage in civil discourse. More proof that we can disagree without hatred. Your civility is an excellent model.