Monday, August 15, 2005
Second, I don't find this imbalance at all surprising. In my congregation, actions of the Palestinians are seen to have a religious basis, but Israeli actions are seen as political. Since we cannot bring ourselves to a moral clarity that understands the blasphemy of Palestinian violence against Islam, largely because we don't understand it, neither can my fellow parishioners understand the humanizing, ethical value of Israeli democracy and the desire to protect it. One wonderful thing our church (like John, I'm an ELCA Lutheran) has done is to use Bible study time to understand other world religions. I wish we'd do more, but it's a start. I don't know what John does to bring that discussion into the ELCA; I'm busy trying to get them to understand market economics.