Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Administration by Divine Right

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Administration by Divine Right

Looking back at this site, I realized I forgot to post here one of the more intriguing NYT articles I've read in the past week. It's written by Ron Suskind, who has been the target of a major discrediting effort by this administration of late.

The piece discusses the growing number of Republicans who are 'frightened by the White House's 'kill-or-be-killed' desire to undermine public debate based on fact', and the inner-circle's reliance on religious ideology over constructive criticism and fact.

A small quote from the very LONG article. This is Jim Wallis who is a leading member of the Sojourners, a 'Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical cal to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.'

'Faith can cut in so many ways,'' he said. ''If you're penitent and not triumphal, it can move us to repentance and accountability and help us reach for something higher than ourselves. That can be a powerful thing, a thing that moves us beyond politics as usual, like Martin Luther King did. But when it's designed to certify our righteousness -- that can be a dangerous thing. Then it pushes self-criticism aside. There's no reflection.

''Where people often get lost is on this very point,'' he said after a moment of thought. ''Real faith, you see, leads us to deeper reflection and not -- not ever -- to the thing we as humans so very much want.''

And what is that?

''Easy certainty.''