Chuck Colson

This contempt is on display when Wills asks, ?Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?? That is, people who disagree with him on same-sex ?marriage? and abortion are more than wrong?they?re deficient in what he calls ?Enlightenment values,? like ?critical intelligence,? ?a regard for the secular sciences,? and, of course, ?tolerance.?

You see, despite their professed devotion to democracy, the words of Wills and others betray a preference for oligarchy, rule by a like-minded few. For all of the talk about ?pluralism,? they will only tolerate different points-of-view if theirs are the only views that matter. Rather than be governed by those they consider their ?inferiors,? they threaten to move or even secede from the United States .

As I said, it?s mostly talk, but the kind of talk you ought to keep in mind the next time you hear Christians being called ?intolerant.? After all, we are not the ones calling real estate agents, yelling ?¿Habla Ingles?? into the telephone.

For further reading and information:

Gary Wills, ? The Day the Enlightenment Went Out ,? New York Times, 4 November 2004 , A25. (Reprinted by Common Dreams, ?breaking news & views for the progressive community.)

Sarah Anderson, ? Ten Reasons Not to Move to Canada ,? Common Dreams, 3 November 2004 .

?The great New York Times freak out ,? Get Religion, 4 November 2004 .

Steve Rubenstein, ? Inquiries up from anti-Bush Americans seeking to leave U.S. ,? San Francisco Chronicle, 4 November 2004 , A15.

Sean Salai, ? Kerry supporters seek therapy in South Florida ,? Boca Raton News, 9 November 2004 .

Andrea Elliott, ? The Political Conversion of New York?s Evangelicals ,? New York Times, 14 November 2004 . (Free registration required; costs $2.95 to retrieve when archived.)

?What Do Americans Have in Common? ? Talk of the Nation, NPR, 15 November 2004 .

Erin Curry, ? Hispanic Democratic group in Fla. rejects Kerry endorsement, citing moral issues ,? BP News, 29 October 2004 .

Roberto Rivera, ? Terminally Quaint: When Obscure Spirituality Demands Nothing ,? BreakPoint Online, 3 June 2004 .

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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