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Monday, September 19, 2005

Frederick Buechner denounces President Bush.

Frederick Buechner, the gifted novelist and Christian apologist, shows up this morning in the Boston Globe letters to the editor:

This shallow, reckless, monolithically complacent man who touts his belief in the philosophy of Jesus but advocates tax cuts for the richest of the rich instead of succor for the poorest of the poor, who has entangled us in an unnecessary, unwinnable, and increasingly murderous war against shadows, who consistently favors the interests of big business over those of the imperiled environment, and appoints an official of the International Arabian Horse Association to be in charge of managing horrors like Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, surely the second George Bush is not the only one to blame for his insane and tragic chapter in our history, but it is hard to imagine a more appropriate symbol of it than the never-to-be-forgotten Mission Accomplished dance he did on the carrier's deck for all the world as though he really believed it.

("The Reckless George Bush Is to Blame," Frederick Buechner, Boston Globe 9.19.05, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 19 September 2005 at 7:53 AM

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Cindy Beal:

September 19, 2005 08:56 AM | Permalink for this comment


I clicked over to read this b/c I was SO SURPRISED to see on What's New With UU? that you were calling

Frederick Buechner, the gifted novelist and Christian apologist, [a] shallow, reckless, monolithically complacent man...

It seemed so unlike you Chris!

Of course, once I got to your site, it became apparent that the second half was Buechner's statement about G. Bush, which would be more consistent with my own expectations this morning.

I'd not noticed so clearly before that the indented indication of a quote, (and concurrent lack of actual quotation marks) can translate so poorly to an update/digest page.

Anyway, thanks for the link.


September 19, 2005 09:08 AM | Permalink for this comment

Oh, yes: Those amazing disappearing blockquotes! "Shallow" refers, of course, to our Strong, Decisive Leader®.

cindy beal:

September 19, 2005 09:20 AM | Permalink for this comment

There's big time tee-shirt potential here...
mind if I work on it?

Strong, Decisive Leader®

Maybe with a photo of him reading a book to kindergarteners.

Tom Stites:

September 22, 2005 08:39 AM | Permalink for this comment

Buechner not only has something pithy to say, he has enough skill with the English language to present his thought in a single 141-word sentence that is absolutely clear despite its length.

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