Last week, I whined about an unsatisfying (to me) attempt to align Democrats with Christian values through a billboard. I like this way much more: a courageous letter from many faculty members of a conservative Christian college, the one Karl Rove decided to send Bush to as a commencement speaker. It will appear in the local paper:
"As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers and to initiate war only as a last resort," the ad will say. "We believe your administration has launched an unjust and unjustified war in Iraq."I can't imagine Rove and Bush would have picked Calvin College without being confident the school's Administration supports the Bush agenda. So this action is that much more courageous. More of that please. Pass it on.
"No single political position should be identified with God's will," says the ad, which also chastises the president for "actions that favor the wealthy of our society and burden the poor."
"Christians are to be characterized by love and gentleness," it adds, but "we believe that your administration has fostered intolerance and divisiveness and has often failed to listen to those with whom it disagrees."
Moreover, says the letter, set to run in the Grand Rapids Press, the Bush administration's environmental policies "have harmed creation," and it asks the president "to re-examine your policies in light of our God-given duty to pursue justice with mercy."
"Some think we should be honored to have the president here," religion professor David Crump said. "We're excited by the opportunity to show people that evangelical Christianity is represented by a much broader spectrum of opinion than is depicted by the religious right and the media."