“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
—Mahatma Gandhi in reply to a query by Missionary E. Stanley Jones who asked why Gandhi why he quoted Christ so often.
capelza brings up a great point on this thread on George Allen: “Oh and while we are on the macaca thingy…that was nasty, but does everyone forget what Allen then said to to him…‘Welcome to America?’”
Yes, I was also more offended by the “Welcome to America” line than the “macaca” one. I’ll agree thought that one has only to listen to the delivery (twice) of the latter to realize that it was meant as a blatant slur.
But, I was most offended by the clapping and laughter that went on in the crowd. It reminds me of how I felt when I saw this video of Jesus Camp (trailer).
It scares the be-jesus out of me.
I’m a Catholic. While I don’t practice right now, I never forgot the most important commandment, nor the second preached by Christianity, including by evangelical ministries—in the evangelical Christian summer camp I went to as a kid, it was expressed as: “I’m third.” (God first; others second; yourself third.)
When I see the worshiping of children to the portrait of Bush or the clapping and cheering of my fellow Americans to a racial slur by a presidential hopeful, I think to myself, “What has happened to my religion? How have we let it be hijacked so?”