UCC President On Wright Controversy

***The Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ:Many of us would prefer to avoid the stark and startling language Pastor Wright used in these clips.  But what was his real crime?  He is condemned for using a mild “obscenity” in reference to the United States.  This week we mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, a war conceived in deception and prosecuted in foolish arrogance.  Nearly four thousand cherished Americans have been killed, countless more wounded, and tens of thousands of Iraqis slaughtered.  Where is the real obscenity here?  True patriotism requires a degree of self-criticism, even self-judgment that may not always be easy or genteel.  Pastor Wright’s judgment may be starker and more sweeping than many of us are prepared to accept.  But is the soul of our nation served any better by the polite prayers and gentle admonitions that have gone without a real hearing for these five years while the dying and destruction continues? *** For Rev. Thomas’ entire response to the Rev. Wright controversy.***At Trinity UCC March 2, 2008: 


One Response to “UCC President On Wright Controversy”

  1. citizenwells Says:

    “And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,”

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