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  •  I didn't feel any jamming. The President (17+ / 0-)

    alludes to the vastness of comfort and grief in Judeo-Christianity, which is the cultural language of comfort and grief to many.  

    "Suffer the little children to come unto me... for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven" in my opinion is not a particularly dogmatic passage, but rather an urgently universal one.

    One might be of any faith or no faith at all and understood the context and purpose of that choice tonight by the President.  

    •  as someone who doesn't share a faith... (1+ / 0-)
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      the idea that this was "god's plan", that god "did not see fit" to keep the children on earth is creepy and bothersome to me.

      •  I do respect that it makes you feel (0+ / 0-)

        that way.  It would not be my personal choice of words to explain -- or try to explain -- what happened that made Adam Lanza do what he did.

        At the same time, the language of comfort and grief for many U.S. Americans is from the Judeo-Christian tradition, and the President used it as an offering of comfort against the unspeakable grief those parents and friends of the lost must feel.  

        My personal feeling is that it wasn't jamming, but respectful cultural grafting.  I don't think, speaking strictly about religious language, that any major world faith has words to console those parents.  I would certainly not think myself up to the task.  

        •  Mentioning faith is one thing... (0+ / 0-)

          mentioning god.... asking for strength.... all fine.  But please don't tell me this "god's plan" and "god did not see fit" to keep the children on the earth.

          That's very offputting - the idea that it is god making these choices, and humans are mere passive witnesses.  Especially hearing it from a guy who regularly calls for drone strikes that extinguish lives.  Lives of children who are no less valuable than those in CT, if we ever paused to notice them.  Is that 'gods plan' too?   Call it "respectful cultural grafting" - I think he delivered a sincere expression of his beliefs, and it's creepy religiosity that everyone around here HATED under Bush.

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