The Airing of Grievances
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
History Repeating Itself
Remember a few years back, I think it was at the 1992 Republican National Convention, when Pat Buchanan declared that America was embroiled in a culture war? Remember how that felt kinda icky and sanctimonious and how it tended to confirm suspicions of Buchanan's wing-nuttery? According to Jim Towey, that war is soooo back on.
"It's true that much attention is being placed on the war in Iraq, but there's also another war that's going on," said Jim Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, during a conference promoting the funding of religious groups engaged in social service activities. "It's a culture war that really gets to the heart of the questions about what is the role of faith in the public square."
Still feels icky and sanctimonious, doesn't it? I have an idea for Towey: the role of faith in the public square, particularly the discretionarily funded corner of the public square, should be that of bystander.