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Thats my opinion Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:45 PM
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Chris Hedges on Christianity, the Occupy movement and Trinity Church
The following is taken from a talk by Chris Hedges as part of an appeal to Trinity Church to turn over to the Occupy movement an empty lot, known as Duarte Square

The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance. The mainstream church, battered by declining numbers and a failure to defiantly condemn the crimes and cruelty of the corporate state, as well as a refusal to vigorously attack the charlatans of the Christian right, whose misuse of the Gospel to champion unfettered capitalism, bigotry and imperialism is heretical, has become a marginal force in the life
It was the church in Latin America, especially in Central America and Augusto Pinochets Chile, which provided the physical space, moral support and direction for the opposition to dictatorship. It was the church in East Germany that organized the peaceful opposition marches in Leipzig that would bring down the communist regime in that country. It was the church in Czechoslovakia, and its 90-year-old cardinal, that blessed and defended the Velvet Revolution. It was the church, and especially the African-American church, that made possible the civil rights movements. And it is the church, especially Trinity Church in New York City with its open park space at Canal and 6th, which can make manifest its commitment to the Gospel and nonviolent social change by permitting the Occupy movement to use this empty space, just as churches in other cities that hold unused physical space have a moral imperative to turn them over to Occupy movements. Where is the church now? Where are the clergy? Why do so many church doors remain shut? Why do so many churches refuse to carry out the central mandate of the Christian Gospel and lift up the cross.
At times like these I hear the voices of the saints who went before us. The suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who announced that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God, and the suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who said, The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. The great 19th century populist Mary Elizabeth Lease, thundered: Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. And Rabbi Abraham Heschel, who when he was criticized for walking with Martin Luther King on the Sabbath in Selma answered: I pray with my feet and who quoted Samuel Johnson, who said: The opposite of good is not evil. The opposite of good is indifference. And Rosa Parks, who defied the segregated bus system and said the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. And Philip Berrigan, who said: If enough Christians follow the Gospel, they can bring any state to its knees.
And Martin Luther King, who said: On some positions, cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? And there comes a time when a true follower of Jesus Christ must take a stand thats neither safe nor politic.
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/where-were-you-when-they-...
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LAGC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:22 PM
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1. "By their works ye shall know them."
Indeed, it will be interesting to see if Trinity Church sides with the protesters or Wall Street.

K&R.
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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:27 PM
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2. This has already been posted on R/T
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