• comment on a post Why Is Brian O'Dwyer So Angry? over 7 years ago

    Since you quote me, I feel compelled to respond.
    First off, I was speaking for myself and not the Christian Alliance for Progress. Secondly, you quote me out of context here. I didn't say Matt himself was arrogant and intolerant--Isaid his approach to this issue were.

    Here's what I actually wrote:

    Mr. Stoller's conviction that there can be only "one" moral response to a situation is the absolute height of intolerance and arrogance. Such cocksure moral certainty is exactly the way the religious right expresses itself. No religious liberal would ever compose such a sentence--because their world view recognizes the limits of our own ability to peceive "the truth."

    One definition of tolerance is: "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own." To say there is only "one way" to respond to things is inherently intolerant.

    Arrogance: "exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner..." And, yes, I think that fits, too. It was absurdly arrogant for Stoller to say the religious left only pretends to fight the right. Later, this blog personally attacked Jesse Lava for a post he didn't even write!

  • comment on a post Grace Time is Over over 7 years ago

    Yeah, Matt--why don't you lead the charge, right over the cliff-- Nader 2008! Come on, the House IS debating the war--turn on C Span. Give Pelosi some credit. Feingold, Dodd, and now Edwards all want to cut funding of the war. Watching this 4 year long train wreck is incredibly frustrating, but blaming the Democratic Party is off base. IMHO

  • comment on a post Step Up, Religious Left over 7 years ago

    I posted a reply here: http://faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com/ 2007/02/encouraging-responses-on-edwards .html

    Excerpt:

    The author of this post is so badly informed that it is hard to even take it seriously enough to reply. Say what? The religious left doesn't take on the religious right? Guess not, and cats and dogs always get along just great, too. Faithful Democrats has done exactly that over and over. Any reader of this blog or any of those listed on our side panel knows how much time we devote to addressing the religious right. If anything, in my view, we spend too much time taking on and exposing the right and too little time putting forth an alternative and tolerant spiritual world view.

    Mr. Stoller's conviction that there can be only "one" moral response to a situation is the absolute height of intolerance and arrogance. Such cocksure moral certainty is exactly the way the religious right expresses itself. No religious liberal would ever compose such a sentence--because their world view recognizes the limits of our own ability to peceive "the truth."

    But what I find most disturbing is the absolute unwillingness of people like Mr. Stoller to admit that people on the left can engage in hate speech and can needlessly offend both allies and potential ones just as easily as extremists on the right. Edwards said the quotes offended him, and the bloggers in question have apologized. They have accepted responsibility for their posts. But people like Matt Stoller can only see that the source of the quotes was a bigot himself, so whatever he says should be dismissed--even when there is no dispute that his claims this time were true! That is a staggering and disturbing level of moral blindness that, fortunately, appears to be very much a minority and marginal point of view even on the most strident liberal blogs.

    http://faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com/ 2007/02/encouraging-responses-on-edwards .html

  • comment on a post Step Up, Religious Left over 7 years ago

    I  predicted all of this 2 years ago:

    I wrote about this exact situation nearly two years ago: An Open Letter to Liberal Bloggers:

    So here's our advice, which I seriously doubt will be followed, but which I hope you will at least consider before you post some anti-religious screed on a blog or snark about people of faith of the left or right. Please remember that there are tens of millions of us black, white and brown Americans whose participation in the political system is largely inspired by our religious and moral values. Please remember that we have been involved in every struggle for justice, peace and civil rights this country has ever had and that many of those battles would not have been won without these efforts. Unlike some on the religious right, moderate and progressive people of faith do not seek to tell you how to live your own life. But we do demand respect, just as we attempt to give it to others who disagree with us.
    http://faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com/ 2005/04/open-letter-to-liberal-bloggers. html

    We will continue to take on the religious right. MY DD should take this pledge: I will not allow anti-religious like idiocy in my posts or in my comments? Yes or no?

  • comment on a post Step Up, Religious Left over 7 years ago

    The religious left has stepped up--including Jesse Lava and Faithful Democrats. You miss the point, willfully. It's the same category of reasoning as  a righty denying a fact is true because it was first reported by the Nation. The comments by Pandagon were Howard Stren like, stupid and offensive. Edwards gets that, she has apologized and admitted it, too.

    Here's an example of Jesse stepping up:

    A Call for Interfaith Reconciliation
    Let Rep. Virgill Goode know that his attacks on Muslims are not acceptable. Please add your name to this petition, which will be hand-delivered to Rep. Goode's office.
    http://faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com/ 2007/01/call-for-interfaith-reconciliati on.html#comments

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