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How Deep is Your Regret?

Forgiveness for the Bee Gees reference, but it came to mind and I thought I’d share. . .

Pastor John Hagee has decided to endorse not only John “Agents of Intolerance” McCain, but “The Great Whore of Christianity,” we all know and love as “Catholicism.” I’ll betcha Catholics are thrilled to peaches:

Pastor to Catholics: ‘Great whore’ no more – Faith- msnbc.com

In a letter to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, Hagee wrote: “Out of a desire to advance a greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.”

“Deep regret.” “Comments.” Hmm. . .

Forgiveness is an important and powerful thing, especially to people of faith, in all faiths. Forgiveness releases not just those forgiven but the those who forgive from a type of bondage. It is the only and necessary beginning of healing.

Having said all that, it’s important to note that one needs to forgive and ask forgiveness for the right thing, not simply the most convenient thing. To whit, if I was having a discussion with a friend of mine and inadvertently threw some “comment” out there that was taken as racist, sexist, or irreligious, I would ask forgiveness for my “comment.” I would beg their pardon for offending them, hoping that forgiveness could be returned. After all, intolerance and offense are often built out of just this type of benign ignorance. These things happen – even among friends, even in circles where people think they’re well-educated.

If, however, I’d brought along wall-sized timeline diagrams to prove my point and a film crew to broadcast it to the world, then I would think that rises above the level of a simple “comment.” I don’t personally need his forgiveness, not being a Catholic, but I would respectfully submit that perhaps this apology doesn’t quite go far enough. Maybe that’s just me.

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Correspondence From the Battlefield

Even before the yearly Thanksgiving celebrations have commenced, a yuletide tradition has begun again in earnest. The Christian Right, labouring to find another rallying issue for Conservatives to come together on, have taken up the cause of defending Christmas from the evil doers. Not content with an 85 percent majority Christian population, the Conservative face of religion in this country demands that Jesus be in every single advertisement across the country. Because, of course, Jesus approved of low prices. Failing this, the Right has decided that the other fifteen percent of Americans have started a “War on Christmas,” and have taken up arms to defend her clove-scented loins from the despoiling Atheist masses.

What does the future of this most serious of war zones look like? In years past, I’ve tried to answer that question. But for the last two years, I’ve sat on the sidelines. . . No longer! This blog will once again dedicate itself to bringing you the answers, at great risk to the life and limb of this blogger. We will go out onto the front lines, embedded with the fighting men, in a series I have traditionally taken to calling:

Ho, Ho, Ho, Muthaf*cker!