Drinking tea, getting ready for church, I turned on the TV looking for “the farm report” — Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (which Peregrinato also likes) and I couldn’t find it.
Did, however, find an hour-long condensed version of a conference on the growth of the religious right in America on Maryland Public Television.
But one of the things that struck me most is the encouragement from two or three participants for centrists and leftists not to tar those on the right with (what one participant said, paraphrasing) “nasty epithets” of radical, extreme, and the like. He said these are meaningless and perjoritive, and I’m inclinded to agreed. How can you expect someone to listen to you — and there is a large opportunity to reach out to people who are both right-leaning and sensible — if we (the center to left) resorts to high-handed name-calling.
In particular, I’ve noted that highly-placed Unitarian Universalist ingulge in this and come off like partisans. I think that needs to end.
Ah! There’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on WETA, but too late for me to get to church, too!