10 April 2004

The junior senator from Massachusetts…

…might be attending BF’s church for Easter, as reported by the Times.

That’ll create a media circus, to say the least.  And I’ll bet
there will be Opus Dei-type protestors who think that Kerry should be
denied the Sacrament because he won’t vote pro-life (as if the entire
Roman Catholic social and ethical teaching came down to this one
issue). 

Two things that Christ said that I think are in relation to controversies like this:

“Let anyone among you who is without sin cast the first stone.”

“How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your
eye,’ while the log is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the
speck out fo your neighbor’s eye.”

And from the Epistle of James:
“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”

My point?  Let’s not hold people to standard that we ourselves do not measure up to.

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2 Responses to “The junior senator from Massachusetts…”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    amen.

  2. Matt Says:

    Your <> marks remind me of Benjamin Franklin’s invention of the Irony Mark. I can’t remember what it looked like, but it would stand at the beginning and the end of each sentence, like a question mark in Spanish. Of course the problem with an irony mark is that it misses the point of irony, which is exactly to exclude people who don’t understand that the sentence is meant ironically. Also, there was the issue of knowing when the marks themselves were being used ironically.