Thursday, February 02, 2006

Religious Leaders

Richard John Neuhaus writes:

To be sure, every citizen has the right to put in his two cents worth. And religious leaders are free to pronounce on this or that, even if this or that is not within their perceived field of competence. Whether in the form of protest or in offering generalized moral bromides, religious leaderships feel a need to “have a position” on what are described as the great moral issues of the time. Except in extraordinary circumstances, this is a feeling that should be firmly stifled. But for some, every circumstance is deemed extraordinary, if only because they are addressing it.

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