Magazine article The Christian Century

Voices of 2003

Magazine article The Christian Century

Voices of 2003

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"Secularism is not the future; it is yesterday's incorrect vision of the future. This realization sends us recovering secularists to the bookstore or the library in a desperate attempt to figure out what is going on in the world."

--David Brooks, Atlantic Monthly

"Most of you are a mob with no trace of good morals. We will continue to fight you as long as we have weapons in our hands."

--Attributed to Osama bin Laden, in a message to Americans broadcast on al-Jazeera (CNN)

"The battle that we're in is a spiritual battle. Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army."

--Lieutenant General William Boykin, characterizing war on terrorism as a religious battle (Los Angeles Times)

"The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic."

--Mel Gibson, director of The Passion, a controversial movie about the last 12 hours of Jesus' life scheduled for release next year (Time)

"The battle is not over. The battle to acknowledge God is about to rage across the country."

--Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost his job after refusing a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building (Newsweek)

"We've gone from a war on poverty to a war on the poor."

--Episcopal Bishop John Chane, on tax cuts and other federal policies favoring the wealthy and corporations (Sojourners)

"How Bush and his junta succeeded in deflecting America's anger from bin Laden to Saddam Hussein is one of the great public relations conjuring tricks in history. …

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