SOME GOOD RELIGIOUS CAMPAIGN ADVICE
An editorial in the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire makes some really good points about the attention presidential candidates -- especially Democrats -- are paying to religion. Maybe this one should be posted in the campaign headquarters of all candidates.
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NOTICING THE RELIGIOUS FABRIC OF AN URBAN CORE
PHILADELPHIA -- I love wandering around big cities and noticing the various ways in which religion helps to form the urban texture.
For instance, when I was here over last weeknd in the City of Brotherly Love, my wife and I wandered around downtown for a bit, staying within a few blocks of our hotel, where I was attending the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (a wonderfully wonky group that used to have me as its president).
At any rate, right across the street from us was the old First Baptist Church, founded in 1698 -- several years before I became a columnist.
In addition to other churches, and City Hall, atop of which sits a statue of William Penn (pictured first here) holding the Charter of Pennsylvania, which says Penn wants to convert native Americans to Christianity, we saw several other wonderful old churches, not to mention Muslims and Sikhs walking the streets.
And when I was here on business in February, I had a chance to visit a downtown synagogue. Click here for an entry on that.
So today, just enjoy these pictures of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a big old Methodist church, William Penn atop City Hall, an old Presbyterian building, Muslims women and a Sikh man on the sidewalks and, of course, the L-O-V-E statue in a downtown park, proclaiming the most important lesson of any religion.
And notice, please, the way these buildings and people are woven into the urban fabric.
Oh, and if you recognize that cool-looking guy by the L-O-V-E statue, it's because my bride is a good photographer.
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