[Anglican Mainstream] 13 Oct 2008--There are many and deeply worrying issues now facing the US - and indirectly, the world - and each person must before God decide how to respond.
One of my primary concerns over the years has been the massaging of language which gradually modifies our very perceptions of things and conditions what we consider morally and socially acceptable. That is coupled with an at-times blatant censorship keeps presenting only one side of the matter, and a skewed, prejudiced one at that. And now that the state is involved in a truly Orwellian fashion, people are scared of they-know-not-what. What they do consciously realise is that they are far more ‘careful’ in what they chat about with their friends and neighbours. And what they can discuss at their work place is even more of a minefield: circumspection is the name of the game! For the most part, they simply do not ‘go there’ anymore. Stay safe, stay happy: keep to the cricket, the gardening or the children instead.
One of the most significant outcomes from the whole explosive pre-election ordeal (and ordeal it really is, and that across the political spectrum), is the demonstration of this reality. Regardless of who wins in November, Sarah Palin has somehow managed to break out of the PC cage and carve out a public space where some (to me, at any rate) critically important issues and values can begin to be aired.
I am not saying here that Sarah’s views are necessarily correct. I am saying that she has been crucified for, in large part, holding and affirming morally and socially conservative and Christian views. Disagree with her — fine. But notice how she is treated by those who fear, hate and despise these views (I read the blogs, and this is the psychological dynamic present in almost all of them). Do you want to endorse their views instead?