Monday, February 20, 2006

About This Blog--Commentary

"If people are 98% water,
they need a little stirring up once in a while;
otherwise, they'll go stagnate."

--Arabella Flagg (Suzanne Pleshette) in the classic Disney film,
"The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin."

This blog will feature occasional commentary on religion and politics. G.K. Chesterton says those two words are simply secular terms for describing Jesus' Great Commandment--loving God (religion) and loving neighbor (politics).

While the press remains obsessed about VP's Dick Cheney's accidental hunting shooting, more pictures of last year's Abu Ghraib scandal appeared on the web. Fortunately, the spotlight of attention has changed that Iraqi prison. But so has another important element--faith--reports Stephen Manfield in a May, 2005 Q&A interview with National Review Online:

"The Abu Ghraib scandal has a faith backstory. The chaplain who was at Abu Ghraib during the scandals was told not to be in the way but to let the soldiers come to her. There was no moral presence and little spiritual influence during the time of the scandals. Chapel attendance was low and many soldiers later said they did not even know who the chaplain was. When that unit was replaced, the chaplains of the new unit were told to be present at prisoner interrogations, at shift changes and in the daily lives of the soldiers. The entire atmosphere changed. Chapel attendance reached into the hundreds and the prison became a model operation. This makes the case for continuous moral influence upon soldiers at war and for a faith based warrior code as a hedge against future abuses."

Faith and the Lord has a way of stirring things up--for the good.

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