"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"...doesn't philosophy amount to the sum of all thinkable and unthinkable errors, ceaselessly repeated?"--Jean-Luc Marion

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Saturday, March 08, 2008

All Along the Watchtower

“We have no higher responsibility than stopping terrorist attacks.” --George W. Bush, in his statement announcing a veto of a bill that would prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding and other interrogation techniques.

There is, of course, always a higher responsibility.

Therefore these are the words of the LORD:
Enquire among the nations:
whoever heard the like of this?
The virgin Israel has done a thing most horrible.

Does the snow cease to fall from the rocky slopes of Lebanon?
Does the cool rain streaming from its torrents ever fail?

No, buy my people have forgotten me;
they burn sacrifices to idols
which cause made them to stumble as they tread the ancient ways,
and they take to byways and umade roads;
their own land they lay waste,
an object of lasting derision,
at which all passers-by shake their heads in horror.

As with a wind from the east
I shall will scatter them before their enemies.
In the hour of their downfall
I shall turn my back and not my face towards them.
Jeremiah 18:13-17

Woe betide those who enact unjust laws
and draft oppressive edicts,
depriving the poor of justice,
robbing the weakest of my people of their rights,
plundering the widow and despoiling the fatherless!
What will you do when called to account,
when devastation from afar contronts you?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your children
so that they do not cower among the prisoners
or fall among the slain?
For all this anger has not been abated,
his hand still threatens.
Isaiah 10:1-4


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