[The first thing I did with the congregation post-election was to solicit reactions and hold an evening prayer for those who wanted to share their reactions to the election.]
Patriotism can be a dangerous thing and people should be more suspicious of how it gets employed and how we get manipulated by its abusers. Everyone is suspicious of lawyers and politicians but patriotic fervor seems to go untested and makes our overrides our critical thinking.
Rolf Jacobsen: "As Lutheran clergy, we recognize our tradition’s difficult history regarding racism and bigotry. "
"I don't need to live in a country were Christians are in charge and I don't understand people who think that would make it better in any way."
For sixteen years, presidents and leaders of both parties were clear that we did not blame all Muslims for the actions of a fringe conspiracy that cloaked itself with a holy scripture.
A five year old tells the story of the spring of 1942, when soldiers with bayonets brought his family to a concentration camp.
American history is often dark but surprises us with our ability at times to do the right thing in spite of ourselves.