As we head into the weekend, let me give you three pieces to read, all on rather different subjects, but all important to us, as Christians and as civic-minded folk.
First up, read J. Peter Nixon, who recounts last night, in Oakland:
. . . there I was, making a last minute decision to remain in downtown Oakland at a time when many (white) commentators were convinced the place was about to explode in civil unrest.
I wish I could tell you it was an act of heroic virtue. The truth is that I was seized by something outside myself, an irresistible prompting of the Holy Spirit. I just couldn’t muster the energy to fight against it and keep my legs moving toward that gate. [...]
My first destination was the Cathedral, which stands next to my office building.
Then check out Benjamin D. Wiker’s Anti-Federalists, the Oil Spill, and the Catholic Church; the title pretty much gives you the tease.
Finally, the third part of Timothy Dalrymple’s look at the Tea Party: Is the Tea Party Racist? I wanted to write about this myself today (and about Nixon’s piece) but time has not permitted.
Also of interest: Family of Butchered Catholic Teacher Forgives His Attackers.
Christianity takes one to some surprising places.
Bruce Kesler: Demonization Does You In