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Mike hopes to see the world turned upside down through local communities banding together for social change, especially churches which have recognized the radical calling to be good news to the poor, to set free the prisoners and oppressed, and to become the social embodiment of the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven. He lives with the blessed memory of his wife, in Durham, NC, and has three adult children living in three different states. He also shares his life with the Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, the faculty and students of Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, and the faithful fans of Duke and Baylor Basketball in his neighborhood.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Reversing the Police State and Torture

The Patriot Act and the numerous laws and policies that have followed in its wake represent a dangerous turn in U. S. government and society. I have long criticized these laws and worked for their repeal. The Cheney-Bush policies about torture, secrecy, wiretapping, etc., have made the U. S. an ever greater symbol of repression.

I read with interest a post by Michael Westmoreland-White concerning Obama's appointments to the Justice Department. MW-W is encouraged that these high-level lawyers will turn the tide on civil liberties. I hope and pray that he is right. Thanks, Michael, for your helpful analysis.

1 comment:

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

We can't know for certain what they will do until they are in office, of course. But they have certainly been among the strongest critics in the legal and political communities--and their nomination is making all the right people nervous.

So, I say we defend them and push for their confirmation and defend/praise Obama for nominating them. The, of course, after they are confirmed we keep up the pressure to see that they actually come through.

My understanding of how Christians should relate to government is neither being coopted (by any faction or ideology) and turned into ecclesial apologists, nor being apolitically passive, nor ONLY being oppositional. Rather, I think electing good people matters (otherwise we are only doing damage control), but no one who can GET elected will be perfect. So, we must remain an outside, prophetic voice. We praise when they do right and push them to do more--just as the prophets did.

I worked hard to get Obama elected--but I remain an outside critic. Too many Christians know only the choices of sycophant, unrelenting (often inaccurate) attacker, or apolitical/otherworldly.

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