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Annie

hmmm .... well, I've noticed the tendency to sin on both sides all along. I've said our Adversary has been quite successful. There is almost nothing we can do in order to be politically involved that is without sin. We cannot judge each other. We cannot behave in a way that causes our brothers and sisters to sin (for whom Christ died). We cannot bear false witness against them. We cannot break the first commandment and claim that God has not called somebody else to faith. And we cannot deny the work of Christ in another. We cannot deny the will of the Lord for our unity, as it is clearly delienated in scripture in many passages.

And in the first instance, we fail by not putting our faith (trust) in him.

Dan

Thank you for your post. It's given me something to consider.

I agree that we should be careful not to falsely ascribe motives or actions. However, even when someone's speech is unintentionally offensive we often have the responsibility to make a correction or to point out the offense.

As an example, I sometimes hear people with cognitive disabilities referred to as "that mentally retarded boy, girl, etc.," or "I have autistics in my classroom." Irrespective of what disability a person has, he or she is more than the disability. Therefore, I don't feel that it's an offense against truth to point out this type of ignorance, or even to call it bigotry if it persists. I've had to learn this as a parent of a child with a cognitive disability.

The same hold true for pointing out other attitudes and ways of speaking, which may be implicitly, though not intentionally, sexist, racist or otherwise offensive. I believe that in such cases we are simply acting upon our duty and responsibility as Christians when we speak out against attitudes that exclude or otherwise injure others.

LP

I tend to use the term Wingnuts to describe most people in general who come off as extreme or generally whacky. I may have to change that now that you have defined it more exactly.

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