Lots of energetic conversations happening across the blogosphere. I’m too busy to blog about them with any manner of cogency, but allow me to throw out a few items that I would expound on if I had the time.
The Obama vs. Dobson Bible Controversy. My friend Josh Canada has an informative post about this over at his Introspections & Ideas of a Black WASP blog, and Scot McKnight has started a fascinating conversation at Jesus Creed. I’d encourage you to head over and join in the discussion at those respective blogs. Finally, Christianity Today posted a thought-provoking piece by Collin Hansen on the subject. I’m not sure what the intended takeaway is, but it is definitely generating some vigorous discussion.
Obama and the Evangelicals. I was also intrigued by this brief news article from the Christian Century regarding Barack Obama’s recent meeting with several evangelical leaders. In addition, Arloa Sutter just posted on Obama’s plans to expand President Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, if he’s elected. As with his two-year-old speech that set off Dr. Dobson, Obama engages religion in a way few other presidential candidates have dared. Whether or not you agree with all of his positions on the issues, you must admit he’s a politician who is not afraid to wade into the grayness of religion in American life.
Coded Prejudice in America. This article from the Chicago Tribune explores the new, more covert expressions of prejudice and racism in today’s society, whether it be in the workplace or the media. ”Federal officials say they have seen an increase in harassment complaints involving coded words and images in the workplace,” writes reporter Dahleen Glanton. She also explores how Barack Obama’s candidacy for president has given rise to a more strategic use of these veiled expressions of prejudice. Regarding the media, Glanton quotes Steve Rendall, a senior analyst at the liberal watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR):
“We hear code words all the time in talk radio. It’s a constant drumbeat,” said Rendall, who also co-hosts FAIR’s national radio show, CounterSpin. “Code word bigotry is a secret code, a secret handshake between the listening audience and the host.”
Have you observed this “code word bigotry” in action? What challenges does this present for the work of reconciliation today? And if Obama is elected president, do you think it will get better or worse?