Skip to comments.Bless me, Parent, for I have sinned
Posted on 03/23/2006 4:48:47 PM PST by sionnsar
A distinctive characteristic of modern western liberalism is self-loathing. Since it is drummed into them from their youth that the societies in which they live are thoroughly evil and corrupt, western liberals believe themselves to be thoroughly evil and corrupt as well. So if they have a fine home, a lot of money in the bank, a relatively new car and their kids in outstanding schools, they must have cheated someone to get all of those things. As a result, you will often see leftists confess to sins they have not committed and never will commit:
We, the bishops of the Episcopal Church, acknowledged the painful reality of the consequences of racism in the 1994 pastoral letter "the Sin of Racism." In that letter, we stated "the essence of racism is prejudice coupled with power. It is rooted in the sin of pride and exclusivity which assumes that I and my kind are superior to others and therefore deserve special privileges." We issue this new pastoral on the pervasive sin that continues to plague our common life in the church and in our culture. We acknowledge our participation in this sin and we lament its corrosive effects on our lives. We repent of this sin, and ask Gods grace and forgiveness.
Assume the worst possible motivation for any actions regardless of the evidence.
The world has witnessed the evil of institutionalized racism and classism in the United States in the aftermath of the hurricanes of 2005. The poor and persons of color were often served last -- or not at all -- while wealthy and privileged residents had greater resources to escape the immediate danger of the hurricanes and begin the process of rebuilding. We are all shamed by the sin of racism in the reality of inequity in housing, employment, educational and healthcare opportunities, and the disaster response.
Pledge to do something about the sins they have not committed and never will commit.
This House of Bishops, meeting in Hendersonville, North Carolina on 21 March 2006, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, commit ourselves as bishops to discern and confess our own prejudice and complicity in the pervasive sin of racism, to confront it, and make amends for it in intentional ways every time we gather as a House. We ask the Holy Spirit to empower the House to fully live into this covenant, and we invite the members of this Church to covenant with us, in the following actions personally, corporately, and globally. With Gods help, we will:
renew our commitment to the 1994 pastoral letter, "The Sin of Racism"; take responsibility to expose, dismantle and heal those situations of injustice based on racism;
seek forgiveness for our lack of charity and consciousness in recognizing those situations which degrade the image of God in our neighbors;
make amends for our undeserved position and benefit as a result of unjust situations both now and in the past;
empower all members of Gods human family, that they may live into the fullness of what God intends;
encourage the larger church to continue and expand its work of education, spiritual formation, and anti-racism training, that all might discover the riches of Gods diverse creation, especially in those who differ from us;
advocate for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, our respective dioceses, the parishes which comprise them, and our governments, as well as our own households, that Gods desire may become increasingly evident for all of humanity;
recruit and empower people of all races and ethnic origins as leaders in our church, and as members of all boards, agencies, commissions, and committees;
dedicate equitable resources for all races and national origins in the funding of theological education for all ministries, lay and ordained;
advocate for continued response to the sinful legacy of slavery; expose situations of environmental racism and classism which poison and threaten the poorest among us, and seek justice for those communities; and
advocate for compassionate care of the stranger in our midst, and demand just immigration policies.
And claim to see the sins they have not committed and never will commit everywhere they look.
Racism and racial discrimination are on the upswing and becoming widespread throughout the world, with the current global situation confirming the worst expectations that mans worst tendencies are created in the womb, a United Nations expert on racism warned today.
While racial discrimination used to be the province of extremist far right political parties, it is now becoming a regular part of democratic systems, being blended in for example with the fight against terrorism, Doudou Diène, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance told the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva.
Racism and xenophobia are coming out of the closet, in a sense, and gradually creeping into the policies of mainstream political actors, Mr. Diène said. That fact is manifest not only in the backing away from cultural diversity manifested by many States, but also in restrictive policies regarding immigrants and asylum-seekers.
Speeches against immigrants, foreigners and asylum-seekers are becoming popular and intellectual legitimization is being granted to those currents, he added.
Referring to the recent controversial depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspaper cartoons and the violent reactions, he said the cartoons illustrated the increasing emergence of the racist and xenophobic currents in everyday life. But the political context in Denmark was what had given birth to the cartoons.
It was one in which an extremist political party enjoyed 13 per cent of the vote and had formed part of the governing coalition. The development of Islamophobia or any racism and racial discrimination always took place in the context of the emergence of strong racist, extremist political parties and a corresponding absence of reaction against such racism by the countrys political leaders, Mr. Diène said.
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Here is the correct link: http://mcj.bloghorn.com/2273
People love admitting to sins of this type because they really believe that other people, truly bad people (Bush and his spiritual ancestors going back to the slavemasters of the Confederacy), are responsible for them. As for the more commonplace sins that they actually commit (especially sins of the flesh), forget those: they are now redefined as virtues.
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