Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Rights and Wrongs of Reverend Wright (William Grigg)

William Grigg notes that what prompted the media outcry over Jeremiah Wright was not his flawed race-centered theology, but his blasphemy against the Civil Religion. An excerpt:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright has on occasion displayed a gift for anti-social truth-telling. His notorious and much-misrepresented post-9/11 sermon did not minimize the horror inflicted on our nation that day, or the blood guilt of those responsible for the atrocities.

Speaking with commendable courage and mesmerizing passion, Wright described the long train of abuses and outrages committed by the government that rules us -- from the Trail of Tears through Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from Wounded Knee to the first Gulf War -- and asserted that the criminal violence of our rulers did much to sow and nourish what we harvested on that terrible Tuesday morning.

Read the rest, and watch the sermon video.

[UPDATE] Also see this sermon excerpt. Wright's theology is objectionable, but he does tell many unpleasant truths about past and present evils by the state, which is why he is attacked.

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