I failed to note this article in the National Catholic Reporter when it was first published. Unfortunately, it is perennially timeless. Some readers have been concerned I’ve been hard on the religious right and have gone easy on the left. But as this article shows, I’m an equal opportunity offender. Some excerpts:
What does it profit a person if he should gain all his political wishes but then lose his soul? Most of us answer, “Quite a bit, really,” especially if we can throw religious believers under the bus for their political views….
… attacks on the sincerity and worthiness of another’s faith are wielded by the religious right and the religious left. It is the air we breathe in our Christian churches — well, maybe not in worship, but apparently, in Protestant churches at least, during the coffee hour. It’s not only Trump’s gaffe during the prayer breakfast. It’s also our gaffe day in and day out at our breakfast and dinner tables at home and at church….
… if our democracy is to have any future, we need to get out of the business of judging the internal state of others’ hearts.