Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Homegrown Ayatollahs

Don't remember which blog led me to this Bill Moyers address this week at Union Theological Seminary, but it's well worth your time to read, particularly if you care about how the erosion in the separation of church and state in this country affects actual religious (as opposed to religious-for-show) people. Chilling stuff: "the country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party is—and they are driving American politics, using God as a a battering ram on almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation, energy, regulation, social services and so on... Their viral intolerance—their loathing of other people’s beliefs, of America’s secular and liberal values, of an independent press, of the courts, of reason, science and the search for objective knowledge—has become an unprecedented sectarian crusade for state power."