Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
By fueling racial fears among poor whites, Coleman Livingston Blease (a distant relative I’m told) was elected governor of South Carolina in 1910. Later, as a U.S. Senator, he advocated penalties for inter-racial marriage and attacked First Lady Lou Coolidge for inviting a black woman to the White House for tea. “It’s called the White House for a reason,” he reminded her. Jesus, does this guy sound familiar.
In contrast, consider German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time magazine’s Person of the Year. “Cultures … marked by fear will not conquer their future,” she said in the Time article. As a conservative, Chancellor Merkel has been credited with opening up “the prim party to other kinds of conservatives, even ones who happened to be single mothers, gay, or from another country.”
Chancellor Merkel is also a conservative Christian. But unlike her American cousins, she has favored anti-discrimination legislation. She also has advice for those who live in fear. “Go back to church,” she says.
Here’s My Take: At a time when many progressive churches (Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, etc.) offer a hopeful alternative to the fear mongers among us, perhaps it’s time we took Chancellor Merkel’s advice and (gasp), “Go back to church.”