Cory Leonard

The Poltico-Theological Meaning of Memorial Day

In politics on June 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

From the Boston U academic who argues that religious literacy is important and offers this analysis of “The American Bible“–a sort of canon of unofficial-but-agreed-upon readings that unite us as Americans:

Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen soldiers. It is also a day to work to repair the chain of memory that links us to our shared past—a day to revisit both Lincolns “Gettysburg Address” and the great tradition of conciliation he exemplified. “We are not enemies, but friends,” he said in his First Inaugural Address. “We must not be enemies.”That doesnt mean we must agree. There is nothing un-American about criticizing a book in the “American Bible.” Look Lincoln in the eye and tell him that liberty, not equality, is Americas founding proposition. Tell King you have a different dream. But as you criticize these men, know what you are doing. You are not opting out of America; you are opting in.

via Stephen Prothero: Memorial Day and the American Bible – WSJ.com.

 

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