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  •  Very Good Diary, but... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure what we can do to change the hearts of people.  So many hearts are hardened.  And ethnocentrism is exacerbated by difficult economic times which creates even more splinter groups. I don't believe things will get better, because I don't believe our world will ever be stable in the economic or political sense.

    Then Senator Obama was correct when he said, in difficult times people cling to religion and guns.  Those two things are both aspects, to a large extent, of culture which is directly related to ethnicity.  

    Racism or ethnocentrism. Pick your ism.  It's not going to stop.  And that is a sad fact.

    •  Obama failed to go far enough (not a surprising (2+ / 0-)
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      thing in a politician these days) and did not mention that the current national religion is patriotism and the current national patriotism is religious in nature.  I have observed a good many patriotic displays in the past week and what is striking is the religious content of many ostensibly secular displays and the amount of patriotic fervor evoked in churches regarding the religious mythology surrounding the founding of this nation.  

      •  Tell me about it. (0+ / 0-)

        You wouldn't believe the shit storm that erupted when I suggested that perhaps the American flag didn't belong in our church.  Well, maybe you would.

        •  that is why I am amused by churches that have the (1+ / 0-)
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          US and Israeli flags behind the podium.

          I guess they see no irony in their missionaries abroad having a tough time when they tell a foreign audience that the US is the New Zion of the New Covenant and it is the US that will lead the world into the brave new era following the defeat of the Anti-Christ

          •  Fortunately our flags are kept by the door ... (0+ / 0-)

            ... and they are of the USA and our church's denomination, no other country or nation.

            One particularly annoying parishioner wanted them behind the altar, but that proved to be too much for even his most fervent defenders.  

            US & Israeli flags?  Yikes.  

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