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From: Susan M (
Subject:         Well...
Date: December 1, 2006 at 9:57 pm PST

In Reply to: I think you're right about the author's motive.... posted by Millie on December 1, 2006 at 8:02 pm:

I think Jaq was right about the cognitive dissonance. We tend to believe what we want to believe and shut out anything that conflicts with it. And there are those who live in a kind of insular world, where anyone who does not agree with them is automatically "the enemy." What a sad way to live...not to mention, very un-Christian.

And, yes, Jim Wallis was wonderful to listen to, someone who firmly believes in Christian values, but not the narrow kind. He IS against abortion, but he is just as much against poverty and injustice and war. And he is willing to listen to, and talk to, anyone. That is what he is pushing--people being willing to talk to each other and learn from each other, not just stick to our narrow little worlds. He is just as hard on the secular left that denigrates religion as he is on the conservative fundamentalists who (like the author quoted) think liberals are in league with Satan. It is wonderful to see a true middle ground, and I hope it is a view that can bring people together again.

Susan M

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