And a Happy Thanksgiving to you?
Well, there he goes again. The United Church of Christ’s Reverend Chuck Currie has zipped out a blog post — he is the Blogger-in-Chief for the UCC, my denomination — in which he calls me a, well, “lying liar.” Ahhh, the subtlety. This is, of course, in response to the series of columns done on the So We Might See effort to censor free speech under the guise of labeling speech not liked as “hate speech.”
As usual, confusing his personal politics with his church, the Reverend Chuck perfectly illustrates yet again the problem when a church official views the church as a private club for political ward heeling or a subsidiary of the Daily Kos as opposed to a, well, United Church of Christ. It is a sad thing to see, actually, the “Reverend” in his title indicating that he would know better. As I noted in my response to him, I would never question his — or anyone’s — religious faith. That’s between Chuck and his God. So too would I never question his right to say what he wants — in this corner we are strong believers in free speech.
But his politics? When he uses the church to do politics, that should never get a free pass. The Reverend Chuck –let’s remove the “Reverend” here since he’s doing the political thing — worships in the political temple of progressivism. Which is to say he has signed on hook, line and sinker to the political faith that supported slavery, segregation, lynching and racial quotas and the idea that people are “minorities” and not people living Dr. King’s dream of a colorblind society. He supports a philosophy that signed on for torture (or “partial birth-abortion,” as sticking a needle in the head of baby is called) and the economics of envy. All topped off by a totalitarian passion for suppressing the free speech of those — like Lou Dobbs — with whom Chuck disagrees.
All in all, progressive politics — as evidenced by every one from the federal government — segregating Woodrow Wilson to the pro-lynching supporters of Social Security to the greed and envy economics of the Obama era has constructed quite the politics to proudly oppose. For those of us who believe in human freedom, a colorblind society in which people are judged by the content of their character instead of by their race, gender or sexual preference, the right of a free press, the right to free speech, to not have the government ration your health care etc. etc. — this places us well on the other side of the extremist/race-based/totalitarian style politics favored by the quaintly named “progressive” philosophy.
But so be it. The debate will continue. But in terms of the United Church of Christ, confusing Christ with progressive politics is something that doesn’t happen in this corner — and for that matter in lots of corners of the UCC. With good reason. There are conservatives aplenty in the UCC – and as much as we love, say, Ronald Reagan, we have no intention of substituting our politics where our faith resides.
Be that as it may: Happy Thanksgiving to the Reverend Chuck. We have linked to his posting so that others may see precisely the way some in the UCC hierarchy treat members whose differences are political — not theological.
“Lying liars.” Makes you want to run out and join the UCC, right? Not to worry. We don’t do this kind of thing in my local church — and its safe to say the individual churches of the UCC — who manage to run themselves without this kind of “guidance” from the top — don’t do it either.
We are what is known as a “Welcoming” church — where people of all political beliefs are welcome — because their political beliefs are not relevant to the reason they come to church.
For some in the UCC leadership, this is a difficult message. But we wish them a Happy Thanksgiving anyway. After all, that story next door about William Bradford? He was one of ours!
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