Moral Contradictions

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Bill Moyers versus Richard Land

My post about the article describing Dr. Land's opinion of what most Southern Baptists are worried about continually boggles my mind. We're talking head exploding stuff, especially in light that he communicated this to the leader of the free world.

I'm finally getting around to reading Bill Moyer's speech at Wake Forest that everyone has raved about. I love it as you can tell he does this out of love for his country and its faith, its direction, and its health... and I'm only 1.5 pages through.

Let's compare what Mr. Moyer's said to Wake Forest, and what Dr. Land said to the President. In other words, we'll compare what was said to a divinity school to what was communicated to the most powerful man on Earth.

On behalf of Southern Baptists to President Bush by Dr. Richard Land of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Comission:

The ERLC’s Land said he told the president Southern Baptists “are deeply offended at a very basic level when the government doesn’t enforce the law. And it’s clear that the government is not rigorously enforcing the law at the border or in the country when it comes to illegal immigration. As Southern Baptists, we believe that Romans 13 teaches the government is to punish those who break the law and reward those who obey the law

Land told Baptist Press he also said to Bush, “Second, if it is felt that there needs to be comprehensive immigration reform and the laws need to be changed, then change the laws but rigorously enforce the law, whatever it is.

“Third, the overwhelming majority of Southern Baptists want the government to secure the borders. That does not mean sealing the borders but having control over who goes in and who goes out and making sure that everyone is doing so legally.

“And finally,” Land said, “if the government can convince Southern Baptists it is serious about controlling the borders, then I think a consensus can be built for some kind of guest-worker program that does not involve amnesty and that does not allow people who have come here illegally to jump place in line over those who are attempting to come into the country by the normal, legal channels.”

Let's compare that to what another Baptist, albeit not of the Southern Conservative Church, said:

The following year – 2005 – the editors of The Economist, one of the world’s most pro-capitalist publications, produced their own sobering analysis of what is happening in America. They found great and growing income disparities. Thirty years ago the average annual compensation of the top 100 chief executives was 30 times the pay of the average worker; today it is 1000 times the pay of the average worker.

They found an education system “increasingly stratified by social class” in which poor children “attend schools with fewer resources than those of their richer contemporaries.” They found our celebrated universities increasingly “reinforcing rather that reducing” these educational inequalities.

They found American corporations no longer successful agents of upward mobility. It is now harder for people to start at the bottom and rise up the company hierarchy by dint of hard work and self-improvement.

The editors of The Economist studied all this evidence and concluded – and I am quoting a pro-business magazine, remember – that the United States “risks calcifying into a European-style, class-based society.”

Let that sink in: The United States “risks calcifying into a European-style, class-based society.”

Has your mind exploded yet? I would like to think that if I represented a large body of Christians and got a chance to speak to the President about the collective group's concerns about the pressing moral issues of the day, illegal immigration wouldn't be near the top. Given that recently there's been a push to criminalize those who willingly help illegal aliens.

Dr. Land proves that at the very least he embarrasses Southern Baptists and at worst is truly representative of their top priorities.

I'm not even finished with the speech, but I know I'm keeping it around. I have a strong feeling that this speech will influence my thoughts and my posts that show up here for a long time.


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