Ponder witches, while the GetReligion crew unpacks

The GetReligion crew has been traveling the last two days to attend planning meetings for this blog and other related projects.

It looks like we might be moving to Oxford, sort of. Details soon. Academic connections take time to work out. We hope to be part of a new effort at the Center for Religion and Public Life, based at Oxford. Tentative title for the overarching project — the Center for Faith and Journalism.

In the meantime, the post 11/2 news continues to sort itself out. To me, it seems as if religion is at the heart of every other story. I’ll have some of my usual reflections on reading newspapers in airports, in a matter of a day or two.

Meanwhile, enjoy these faith-based thoughts from one of the mainstream religious leaders in Hollywood. That would be Barbra, as in Streisand. In terms of East Coast voices, has anyone seen anything new from Frank Rich? (Wait! There he is in my morning email.)

I am not joking. All of the good stories are on the religious left right now.

We Must Have Patience
. . . Barbra Streisand
Posted on November 8, 2004

In response to the results of the Presidential election last week, I would like to share with you a quote from Thomas Jefferson. Although written in 1798, I feel his words speak perfectly to the strong sentiments of frustration and disappointment 48% of the country feel.

“A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt . . . If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake.”

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • AH

    Here is the full text of that Thomas Jefferson letter, referring to the recurrent perversities of the New Englanders, their threats to secede, and the resoluteness required in a war in which we stand alone…


  • http://www.relapsedcatholic.blogspot.com Kathy Shaidle

    Wonder what Babs thought of his line about the Jews’ “perversity of character”?

  • Donna Farley

    Dear Terry, Re: moving to Oxford,

    I think The Kilns will be looking for new residents soon….


    Mat. Donna Farley

    Surrey BC

  • http://www.joe-perez.com/weblog.htm Joe Perez

    If Barbra Streisand speaks for the religious left, then who’s the spokesperson of the religious right? Mel Gibson, Charleton Heston, or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, perhaps?

  • http://www.wildfaith.com Darrell Grizzle

    Joe, I think the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man had his moment of glory in “Ghostbusters.” Now he’s yesterday’s news.

    I’m a commie pinko liberal, but Barbara Streisand doesn’t speak for me. Her Thomas Jefferson quote was insulting to witches everywhere.

    This issue of who speaks for the right and the left reminds me of a recent interview between Michael Moore and Al Franken (two of my cultural heroes). Moore was lamenting the fact that the Republicans were taking their marching orders from God Almighty — “and who speaks for us? Ben Affleck?”

  • http://www.tmatt.net tmatt

    Hey guys, I didn’t say that Babs was the spokesman for the religious left. She’s over there somewhere, for sure. I jokingly called her a representative of mainstream religion IN HOLLYWOOD. Lighten up.

    And the plan is for the blog to align with this new center that is based in Oxford. None of us would physically move there. We would continue to dwell in cyberspace, wherever we are in terms of zip codes.

    Captain Libertarian Catholic, however, is moving back to Washington, D.C.

  • Peter

    Hey, It’s not just Barbara, it’s also that increasingly annoying self-annointed bard of Minnesota rural life Garrison Keillor (sp?) who is tossing this quote around.