Church & State. As different as night / day, dog / cat, and chocolate / peanut butter. And in the U.S., supposedly as separate as oil / vinegar. What's really going on here?
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Look, we're all about freedom of religion and people's rights to practice whatever manifestation of faith they have, no matter how arcane or outrageous. But geeeeez, when practicing a certain brand of faith mandates stripping others of their rights and dignities, you gotta question the dogma. And don't go getting all semantic and pedantic on our asses. We know what dogma means. But fer chrissakes (no pun intended), throughout history believers of all stripes have been falling on swords and killing even fellow faithful for subtle nuances and differences in doctrine. We'd like to think we humans are a bit more, ahem, evolved than that now. But when we learn of shit like the leak of that internal Salvation Army report, which revealed collusion with the Bush administration to allow them to practice discrimination legally, we lose faith.
What's the poop? Well, the story has developed a bit since presstime, with the Bush admin abruptly reversing course once the deal became public. But here's some text from (and an online link to) the article that broke the story in this past week's Washington Post:
"The Salvation Army report explicitly links the two aims: '(White House officials) first want to move the charitable choice provisions in the legislation and use the political momentum of this effort to push forward religious exemptions to domestic partnership benefit ordinances and municipal contract clauses that protect against any form of sexual orientation discrimination.'
"The report also offers an image of the Salvation Army starkly different from that of volunteers ringing bells outside shopping malls at Christmas -- a notion that concerns the charity. 'The Salvation Army's role will be a surprise to many in the media,' it says, urging efforts to 'minimize the possibility of any "leak" to the media.'"
Ooops! Check entire article: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37723-2001Jul9.html. Despite the about face, it's good to not forget people's true intentions.
Chronicle Politics staffer Amy Smith says the whole situation reminds her of her fave quote from a George Bernard Shaw play: "What price salvation now, Major Barbara?" What price, indeed? And we might add (from the same script): "You go and forgive me again and I'll go and forgive you one on the jaw that'll stop you prayin' for a week!" In the meanwhile, should you wish to Donate To or Shop At a Different Local Public Service Thrift Store, try Top Drawer, 4902 Burnet, 454-5161; Safeplace Thriftplace, 4631 Airport, 451-4108; Mary Lee Foundation, 1300 S. Lamar, 447-7101; Habitat for Humanity's Restore, 310 Comal, #101, 472-8788.