Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

"Values" Showcase: Ash Wednesday (40 days out from Good Friday)

Here are some headlines:

Evangelicals are not in lockstep.. is another piece on the diversity within the Christian faith regarding moral values and the meaning that faith has both in our personal and public lives.

And the Sojourner's community in Washington DC reminds America that at the federal level- Budgets are Moral Documents.


  • Jeff, I like what you're doing here. Keep speaking the truth.

    By Blogger Chewie, at 1:18 AM  

  • Now is precisely the time for a debate within the faith circles and in general. At the center of the debate must be a "de-construction" of the past election cycle by all re: the carefully constructed and manipulated political discourse where the accumulation of power is sought through expanding social differences and divisions. It is central to me if for no other reason than it's fresh in peoples' minds. This is not new and a lesson that history repeats itself.

    No Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian or Vegitarian should be exempted from this "de-construction" because we all have acted, reacted, and been impacted by this discourse.

    I think the Blogging community has the spunk to move this debate along because these folks take on everybody!

    By Blogger Jeff L. Thigpen, at 8:51 AM  

  • Jeff, I agree with your deconstruction proposal, but it's all forwarded by the need to speak *to* each other instead of *at* each other with both sides (or all sides) parroting well-known phrases that are worn out and engender nothing but vitriol. The ones who can talk without the hatred are the ones who don't need to be talking. How do you propose to draw a big enough circle to draw everyone in within a listening mode?

    By Blogger SouthernRants, at 4:35 PM  

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    By Blogger Jeff L. Thigpen, at 9:21 PM  

  • I agree with your point about "talking with, verses talking at". I mentioned deconstruction broadly, but my intent was as an exercise to name and disarm the manipulations that create the vitriol; and as it promotes the out-dated and misleading rhetoric in the name of moral values.

    For example, when did belief in God and moral values make you pro-rich, pro-war, and only pro-Republican? Or in Democratic circles, what force attempts to banish moral values and faith from public life altogether and never wants the "G-word" raised.

    I believe there is fertile ground to make progress. I have no quick answer to your question, but usually small groups, blog discussion, and seeking out the public discussion is a beginning.

    Thanks for the note.

    By Blogger Jeff L. Thigpen, at 9:25 PM  

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