Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Social Action

I'm feeling rather politically motivated these days and I'm not sure why. I think it's a good thing to be motivated to work for the positive in a world overwhelmed with the negative. However, the more that I think about what I could be doing (and subsequently what I'm NOT currently doing), I find that by listening to those who have been and/or are NOW engaged in social action helps me get motivated to actually do something in this world in which I live. We're supposed to be helping God enact the Kingdom of God in the earth, so why are we so passive and so eager to let it go to waste? Granted, conservative evangelical Christians are EAGER to "reform" America and help it "return" to the country's "Christian" roots, but they want to do so at the expense of the REST of the world and at the expense of the environment, animals, minorities, lower classes, and other who are less privileged. Paraphrasing Jim Wallis, "When did God become rich, white, and American?"

Look over this interview with Amy Goodman and Howard Zinn. I'd be interested to know what some of you think, those of you who actually read my blog.

(Hehehe.... I rather enjoy self-depricating humor and I don't know why.... Another issue for another post....)

*Howard Zinn: "To Be Neutral, To Be Passive In A Situation Is To Collaborate With Whatever Is Going On"
*We speak with legendary historian Howard Zinn, author of one of the most popular books on American History, "A People's History of the UnitedStates." In his youth, Zinn was a bombardier in World War II and participated in the Napalm bombing in France. He went on to dedicate his life to opposing wars of all kind. He was an active fighter in Civil Rights Movement and served as an advisor to the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. In the late 1960s, he traveled to Vietnam with Father Dan Berrigan during intensive US attacks and negotiated the release of US POWs. In fact, Howard Zinn was a part of most struggles for social justice in thiscountry during his lifetime. He joins us in our firehouse studio.



Blogger provoked said...

I think I'm going to have to quit watching so much TV and start reading. Now I'm wanting to read his books.

The qoute that struck me, mainly because i've been discussion patriotism elsewhere was this one:

Howard Zin:But I believe the government is being treasonous, and the government is being unpatriotic when the government violates the fundamental rights of human beings. When the government invades another country, a country that has not attacked it, the country that's not threatened it, when our government invades another country and drops bombs and kills huge numbers of people, and then Americans have the guts to go to that country and bring people food and medicine or go to see what is going on as many Americans did when they went to Vietnam, I think these are the most patriotic Americans. And you know, if you define patriotism as obedience to the government, then you are, I think, following a kind of totalitarian principle, because that's the principle of a totalitarian state, that you do what the government tells you to do. And democracy means that the government is an instrument of the people. This is the Declaration of Independence. Governments are artificial entities set up in order to preserve the rights, equal right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness of people. When the government violates those rights, it is the duty of people to defy that government. That is patriotism.

The next thing I wonder is what can we do to change the system. To take Zinn's words to heart:

Howard Zinn: ...a wake-up call to Americans to try to create a new political alternative to a political system that is really a one-party system, and it is quite corrupt.

Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:17:00 AM  
Blogger draven said...

I keep thinking about how you would really like two of my online blogging friends, who I intriduced to each other for the same reason.

Both of which speak about Politics & Christianity a lot.

Saturday, April 30, 2005 2:53:00 AM  

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