VIEWS ON THE BIBLE DIVERGE (BIG SURPRISE)
How do you view the Bible? Is it literally the word of God? Is it, instead, the inspired word of God but written in the culturally conditioned words of fallible human beings? Or is it just an interesting collection of fables and moral advice? (And let's not pretend those three views exhaust the possibilities.) A new poll shows how Americans view the Good Book.
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SPEAKING OUT FOR DARFUR
I thought it was good and reassuring news earlier this week when President Bush imposed sanctions on the government of Sudan to try to stop the genocide in the Darfur section of Sudan. It may be too little too late, but at least it's something.
As many of you know, I'm at work on a book that has to do with genocide -- a book about Jews in Poland who survived the Holocaust with help from non-Jews. And it's been interesting to me to note that one of the strongest voices against the genocide in Darfur nowadays is coming from the Jewish community. An example is this statement issued right after Bush's announcement.
As Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and I travel around the country doing interviews for the book, we sometimes visit Holocaust centers. And almost without fail they have some kind of display on or program about Darfur.
A good example is the Holocaust Museum Houston. For its ongoing Darfur information, click here. In fact, this site gives some pretty good, if brief, background information about the human disaster in this part of Sudan and what people of faith can do about it.
The savedarfur.org group is another excellent source of information.
People of all religions should be doing what they can to speak out against this genocidal outrage. If our religious convictions don't lead us to protest the mass slaughter of fellow human beings, what good are they?
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.