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For God and Country

I don’t talk about religion very much on this blog anymore. I tend to save religious discussions for my Christian Heresy blog. I do however often discuss politics here. Since this post is about both religion and politics in the United States, I thought it was better suited for this blog.


Yesterday was the Fourth of July – our Independence Day. Last night I watched the movie version of the Broadway musical 1776 on Turner Classic Movies. The movie was actually better than I expected, mainly because it was less of a musical than I thought it would be. I found the dramatization of some of the debates in the Continental Congress rather interesting. I don’t know how historically accurate those dramatizations were. At one point in the movie, our Founding Fathers were recommending the various and sundry changes to the original wording of the Declaration of Independence. One of the delegates from the South asked for the inclusion of the phrase containing Divine Providence. He felt that the colonies would have no chance winning a war against Great Britain without divine help and that our declaration should acknowledge that. That’s certainly makes sense given the times and the culture of the colonies in 1776.

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Race and Social Justice in America Part 3

The purpose of this series has been to define the socio-cultural context for the sermons of Revered Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and friend and advisor to Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama. It is my contention that, as they so often do, the media has taken his remarks out of context and thereby distorted both the meaning and the intention of those remarks.

The first article in this series, <a href=”http://jbotscharow.com/node/354&#8243; title=”Race and Justice in America Part i”>Race and Justice in America Part 1</a>, used some sociological data on capital punishment and wrongful convictions to establish the fact that <strong>institutionalized</strong> social injustice based on race still exists in the United States. Establishing this fact is core to understanding why Reverend Wright said what he said. Continue reading Race and Social Justice in America Part 3