At this juncture we should recall that lonely figure of the old bearded man traveling along the road with a lantern held high as he searches the highways and byways looking for an honest man. Poor Diogenes has roamed for centuries and millenniums and apparently his travels have not ended nor will they as he continues his search in the City of Man for truth and honesty.

At this juncture we should recall that lonely figure of the old bearded man traveling along the road with a lantern held high as he searches the highways and byways looking for an honest man. Poor Diogenes has roamed for centuries and millenniums and apparently his travels have not ended nor will they as he continues his search in the City of Man for truth and honesty.

At this juncture we should recall that lonely figure of the old bearded man traveling along the road with a lantern held high as he searches the highways and byways looking for an honest man. Poor Diogenes has roamed for centuries and millenniums and apparently his travels have not ended nor will they as he continues his search in the City of Man for truth and honesty.

Our America came about as the disenchanted fled ‘old Europe’ taking up residence in the New Eden and signed on as the residents of a New Jerusalem, forging a New Covenant based on the Word of God and not defined by religious principles. It was a peculiar compound of rugged individualism guided not by structured religion but by each man hearing and interpreting God’s word for his or her own self. These were the new men and women of the Enlightenment and they freely cast off the inhibiting chains of ancient regimes. From sea to shinning sea we marched brandishing the gospel of Manifest Destiny and establishing our American creed of, “exceptionalism.”

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus quotes G.K. Chesterson as observing that “America is a nation with the soul of a church … a home for the homeless… and that every human being can become American by accepting a political creed. Chesterson, also found that in “America even the Catholics are Protestant.”

Growing pains in our Republic showed terrible gaps in what was constitutionally proclaimed and what was practiced. Slavery, our national shame still haunts us today as do many of our other hypocrisies; but many of our American Diogenes’ still hold their lanterns high and degree by degree lead most of us to a correct heading on the compass of life. As Europe abandoned religion in its public life and politics we Americans sought the approval of God for our national endeavors and believed that it was Gods’ providence that made America possible and granted it success. We Americans still believe that God has smiled uniquely upon us as a people and we will lead the entire world to our New Jerusalem. Somewhere and somehow we forgot that the idea of God as Creator of all life is just as concerned for the man living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia, a starving Eritrean living under a barren tree in the wasteland of the African continent or perhaps a cardboard box on the streets of Washington, DC.

We now find ourselves at an historical crossroads where we Americans have divided ourselves into “red and blue states” and are engaged in culture wars that pit our conservative values against the liberal policies of our Lockean heritage. It is if we are engaged not in a Civil War but a reformation of the American Church. Our confusion while understandable is not understood because we fear for our very existence if we recognize “That to render under Caesar the things that are Caesars and unto God the things that are Gods,” will cause us to disavow all that is good and great in America.

The Europeans, having abandoned God in their political and social discourse flounder about as directionless as we Americans. Dominique de Villepin for all his erudite worldliness was as incoherent as Monsieur Chirac when attempting to explain the failures of the great French Republic as French citizens of color expressed their displeasure at being excluded from the life of French society. Perhaps the French should avail themselves of some of our American literature such as Ellisons’ “The Invisible Man.”

It seems that today we have a terrible problem of just where God fits into life and how mankind can make sense of all of these various interpretations of what God has said or is still saying to all of our fellow humans on space ship earth. We know that the concept of God is quite different as we move from religion to religion and from nation to nation. Now why should this be if Jews, Christians and Moslems acknowledge God as the creator of all things seen and unseen? Now I really can’t prove whether there is a God for each different religion and surely more than one God certainly flies in the face of one God creating all things. Hindu’s, Buddhist’s and Confucian believers do not use a concept of God but see perfectionism through regeneration and rebirth and while not having a codified lexicon or theology share the same moral values of their monotheistic cousins.

My theory is that through the ages, man in developing his various societies and cultures had to invent a god that would work for them exclusively as they developed into nations and countries and aspired to different values in building just societies in a very competitive world. Today our world is just as competitive if not more so, as when it was formed, and as we moved away from the natural law and moved closer to various systems of government we of necessity created the religion of politics.

Competing political entities clashed again and again as they sought additional territories and material advantages often invoking God as aiding and abetting their efforts to bring justice to the world. Exquisite philosophical debates arose as the morality of war and slaughter were debated as more and more countries marched to the drumbeat of good versus evil. Our confusion over many millenniums is not recognizing that the religion of politics removes God and morality from the decision making process; but yet invokes God to bless our earthly endeavors no matter how immoral.

Perhaps our wandering Diogenes will locate a man or woman who is not afraid to say that if you profess Christianity, or Islam or Judaism you will recognize that we are all created by the same God and as He watches and cares for the lowliest sparrow She looks after all of us no matter what our political beliefs.

Globalization, now being the new fly in the ointment, brings us to the stark revelation that our past is our future; however our future is threatened by the conundrum of climate change and how to sustain our varied personae’s in a time of diminishing resources. To some technology offers the solution for our problems, but a few see these technologies as a means of creating more problems than solutions. The great guillotine of poverty is busier today than in all of our human history and the misery index of our impoverished peoples is broadcast instantaneously by the world wide network of instant communications. We watch the ravages of disease especially AIDS as it spreads throughout the world and decimates third world countries with impunity. Our new alarum of a world pandemic brought on by H5N1 virus is our new concern as we inoculate billions of birds and give lip service to the conditions of poverty that allows these horrors to exist throughout the world.

At home in Church America we stay glued to CNN and watch as Katrina comes ashore and are fascinated as we watch the terrible power of nature unleashed against our puny human attempts to control the many faces of nature. In our midst we are witness to how we rush to help the lowest of the low, “The Zero People.” The President of our great American Church mounts his pulpit and his acolytes in the Congress shout their Amen’s as he renders up his prayers and pious platitudes for helping the downtrodden in our midst. As the water dries up and the prayers become fainter off in the wings is heard the chorus that chants faintly “God’s will be done.”

It may well behoove us to separate religion from our politics; but place more emphasis on morality and ethics as we elect those that we choose to lead us. We should be able to think critically enough to discern for ourselves how to arrive at truth rather than being told by our American political clergy that God has spoken to them and now they speak for God.

It is great to speak from the platform of age and impress people with the wisdom of having lived long enough to tell the young how they should lead their lives; but as the old German cliché states “Too soon old’t too late smart.” Now our world of today gives us men and women in politics not well steeped in the crucible of life, but rise to their positions as being fortunate by birth to be the children of the privileged. Our Andrew Jackson’s and Lincolns are long dead and we cast around for the money and materialism that whispers success for our American Church. The spell cast we rush to fulfill the prophecies of our spiritual leaders.

In the wilderness there arises the cry of dissidents that caution against this religious exuberance and warn that these new Pharisees do not speak from scripture or from God. Onward we march and bit by bit we learn that truth has been manipulated and that the nation must deal with lies of yesterday. Our children and our children’s children will be left to deal with the remnants of our failures. Is it an American problem? Not solely, the problem is a human problem, and not one solved by God, for he never created the problem. He/She gave us the option to live in freedom and how we choose to live our lives in freedom will be if we have lived our freedom responsibly. Ah yes freedom demands an awful responsibility and we will need all the divine intervention and religious principles at our disposal to make the right choices.

Our America came about as the disenchanted fled ‘old Europe’ taking up residence in the New Eden and signed on as the residents of a New Jerusalem, forging a New Covenant based on the Word of God and not defined by religious principles. It was a peculiar compound of rugged individualism guided not by structured religion but by each man hearing and interpreting God’s word for his or her own self. These were the new men and women of the Enlightenment and they freely cast off the inhibiting chains of ancient regimes. From sea to shinning sea we marched brandishing the gospel of Manifest Destiny and establishing our American creed of, “exceptionalism.”

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus quotes G.K. Chesterson as observing that “America is a nation with the soul of a church … a home for the homeless… and that every human being can become American by accepting a political creed. Chesterson, also found that in “America even the Catholics are Protestant.”

Growing pains in our Republic showed terrible gaps in what was constitutionally proclaimed and what was practiced. Slavery, our national shame still haunts us today as do many of our other hypocrisies; but many of our American Diogenes’ still hold their lanterns high and degree by degree lead most of us to a correct heading on the compass of life. As Europe abandoned religion in its public life and politics we Americans sought the approval of God for our national endeavors and believed that it was Gods’ providence that made America possible and granted it success. We Americans still believe that God has smiled uniquely upon us as a people and we will lead the entire world to our New Jerusalem. Somewhere and somehow we forgot that the idea of God as Creator of all life is just as concerned for the man living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia, a starving Eritrean living under a barren tree in the wasteland of the African continent or perhaps a cardboard box on the streets of Washington, DC.

We now find ourselves at an historical crossroads where we Americans have divided ourselves into “red and blue states” and are engaged in culture wars that pit our conservative values against the liberal policies of our Lockean heritage. It is if we are engaged not in a Civil War but a reformation of the American Church. Our confusion while understandable is not understood because we fear for our very existence if we recognize “That to render under Caesar the things that are Caesars and unto God the things that are Gods,” will cause us to disavow all that is good and great in America.

The Europeans, having abandoned God in their political and social discourse flounder about as directionless as we Americans. Dominique de Villepin for all his erudite worldliness was as incoherent as Monsieur Chirac when attempting to explain the failures of the great French Republic as French citizens of color expressed their displeasure at being excluded from the life of French society. Perhaps the French should avail themselves of some of our American literature such as Ellisons’ “The Invisible Man.”

It seems that today we have a terrible problem of just where God fits into life and how mankind can make sense of all of these various interpretations of what God has said or is still saying to all of our fellow humans on space ship earth. We know that the concept of God is quite different as we move from religion to religion and from nation to nation. Now why should this be if Jews, Christians and Moslems acknowledge God as the creator of all things seen and unseen? Now I really can’t prove whether there is a God for each different religion and surely more than one God certainly flies in the face of one God creating all things. Hindu’s, Buddhist’s and Confucian believers do not use a concept of God but see perfectionism through regeneration and rebirth and while not having a codified lexicon or theology share the same moral values of their monotheistic cousins.

My theory is that through the ages, man in developing his various societies and cultures had to invent a god that would work for them exclusively as they developed into nations and countries and aspired to different values in building just societies in a very competitive world. Today our world is just as competitive if not more so, as when it was formed, and as we moved away from the natural law and moved closer to various systems of government we of necessity created the religion of politics.

Competing political entities clashed again and again as they sought additional territories and material advantages often invoking God as aiding and abetting their efforts to bring justice to the world. Exquisite philosophical debates arose as the morality of war and slaughter were debated as more and more countries marched to the drumbeat of good versus evil. Our confusion over many millenniums is not recognizing that the religion of politics removes God and morality from the decision making process; but yet invokes God to bless our earthly endeavors no matter how immoral.

Perhaps our wandering Diogenes will locate a man or woman who is not afraid to say that if you profess Christianity, or Islam or Judaism you will recognize that we are all created by the same God and as He watches and cares for the lowliest sparrow She looks after all of us no matter what our political beliefs.

Globalization, now being the new fly in the ointment, brings us to the stark revelation that our past is our future; however our future is threatened by the conundrum of climate change and how to sustain our varied personae’s in a time of diminishing resources. To some technology offers the solution for our problems, but a few see these technologies as a means of creating more problems than solutions. The great guillotine of poverty is busier today than in all of our human history and the misery index of our impoverished peoples is broadcast instantaneously by the world wide network of instant communications. We watch the ravages of disease especially AIDS as it spreads throughout the world and decimates third world countries with impunity. Our new alarum of a world pandemic brought on by H5N1 virus is our new concern as we inoculate billions of birds and give lip service to the conditions of poverty that allows these horrors to exist throughout the world.

At home in Church America we stay glued to CNN and watch as Katrina comes ashore and are fascinated as we watch the terrible power of nature unleashed against our puny human attempts to control the many faces of nature. In our midst we are witness to how we rush to help the lowest of the low, “The Zero People.” The President of our great American Church mounts his pulpit and his acolytes in the Congress shout their Amen’s as he renders up his prayers and pious platitudes for helping the downtrodden in our midst. As the water dries up and the prayers become fainter off in the wings is heard the chorus that chants faintly “God’s will be done.”

It may well behoove us to separate religion from our politics; but place more emphasis on morality and ethics as we elect those that we choose to lead us. We should be able to think critically enough to discern for ourselves how to arrive at truth rather than being told by our American political clergy that God has spoken to them and now they speak for God.

It is great to speak from the platform of age and impress people with the wisdom of having lived long enough to tell the young how they should lead their lives; but as the old German cliché states “Too soon old’t too late smart.” Now our world of today gives us men and women in politics not well steeped in the crucible of life, but rise to their positions as being fortunate by birth to be the children of the privileged. Our Andrew Jackson’s and Lincolns are long dead and we cast around for the money and materialism that whispers success for our American Church. The spell cast we rush to fulfill the prophecies of our spiritual leaders.

In the wilderness there arises the cry of dissidents that caution against this religious exuberance and warn that these new Pharisees do not speak from scripture or from God. Onward we march and bit by bit we learn that truth has been manipulated and that the nation must deal with lies of yesterday. Our children and our children’s children will be left to deal with the remnants of our failures. Is it an American problem? Not solely, the problem is a human problem, and not one solved by God, for he never created the problem. He/She gave us the option to live in freedom and how we choose to live our lives in freedom will be if we have lived our freedom responsibly. Ah yes freedom demands an awful responsibility and we will need all the divine intervention and religious principles at our disposal to make the right choices.

Our America came about as the disenchanted fled ‘old Europe’ taking up residence in the New Eden and signed on as the residents of a New Jerusalem, forging a New Covenant based on the Word of God and not defined by religious principles. It was a peculiar compound of rugged individualism guided not by structured religion but by each man hearing and interpreting God’s word for his or her own self. These were the new men and women of the Enlightenment and they freely cast off the inhibiting chains of ancient regimes. From sea to shinning sea we marched brandishing the gospel of Manifest Destiny and establishing our American creed of, “exceptionalism.”

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus quotes G.K. Chesterson as observing that “America is a nation with the soul of a church … a home for the homeless… and that every human being can become American by accepting a political creed. Chesterson, also found that in “America even the Catholics are Protestant.”

Growing pains in our Republic showed terrible gaps in what was constitutionally proclaimed and what was practiced. Slavery, our national shame still haunts us today as do many of our other hypocrisies; but many of our American Diogenes’ still hold their lanterns high and degree by degree lead most of us to a correct heading on the compass of life. As Europe abandoned religion in its public life and politics we Americans sought the approval of God for our national endeavors and believed that it was Gods’ providence that made America possible and granted it success. We Americans still believe that God has smiled uniquely upon us as a people and we will lead the entire world to our New Jerusalem. Somewhere and somehow we forgot that the idea of God as Creator of all life is just as concerned for the man living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia, a starving Eritrean living under a barren tree in the wasteland of the African continent or perhaps a cardboard box on the streets of Washington, DC.

We now find ourselves at an historical crossroads where we Americans have divided ourselves into “red and blue states” and are engaged in culture wars that pit our conservative values against the liberal policies of our Lockean heritage. It is if we are engaged not in a Civil War but a reformation of the American Church. Our confusion while understandable is not understood because we fear for our very existence if we recognize “That to render under Caesar the things that are Caesars and unto God the things that are Gods,” will cause us to disavow all that is good and great in America.

The Europeans, having abandoned God in their political and social discourse flounder about as directionless as we Americans. Dominique de Villepin for all his erudite worldliness was as incoherent as Monsieur Chirac when attempting to explain the failures of the great French Republic as French citizens of color expressed their displeasure at being excluded from the life of French society. Perhaps the French should avail themselves of some of our American literature such as Ellisons’ “The Invisible Man.”

It seems that today we have a terrible problem of just where God fits into life and how mankind can make sense of all of these various interpretations of what God has said or is still saying to all of our fellow humans on space ship earth. We know that the concept of God is quite different as we move from religion to religion and from nation to nation. Now why should this be if Jews, Christians and Moslems acknowledge God as the creator of all things seen and unseen? Now I really can’t prove whether there is a God for each different religion and surely more than one God certainly flies in the face of one God creating all things. Hindu’s, Buddhist’s and Confucian believers do not use a concept of God but see perfectionism through regeneration and rebirth and while not having a codified lexicon or theology share the same moral values of their monotheistic cousins.

My theory is that through the ages, man in developing his various societies and cultures had to invent a god that would work for them exclusively as they developed into nations and countries and aspired to different values in building just societies in a very competitive world. Today our world is just as competitive if not more so, as when it was formed, and as we moved away from the natural law and moved closer to various systems of government we of necessity created the religion of politics.

Competing political entities clashed again and again as they sought additional territories and material advantages often invoking God as aiding and abetting their efforts to bring justice to the world. Exquisite philosophical debates arose as the morality of war and slaughter were debated as more and more countries marched to the drumbeat of good versus evil. Our confusion over many millenniums is not recognizing that the religion of politics removes God and morality from the decision making process; but yet invokes God to bless our earthly endeavors no matter how immoral.

Perhaps our wandering Diogenes will locate a man or woman who is not afraid to say that if you profess Christianity, or Islam or Judaism you will recognize that we are all created by the same God and as He watches and cares for the lowliest sparrow She looks after all of us no matter what our political beliefs.

Globalization, now being the new fly in the ointment, brings us to the stark revelation that our past is our future; however our future is threatened by the conundrum of climate change and how to sustain our varied personae’s in a time of diminishing resources. To some technology offers the solution for our problems, but a few see these technologies as a means of creating more problems than solutions. The great guillotine of poverty is busier today than in all of our human history and the misery index of our impoverished peoples is broadcast instantaneously by the world wide network of instant communications. We watch the ravages of disease especially AIDS as it spreads throughout the world and decimates third world countries with impunity. Our new alarum of a world pandemic brought on by H5N1 virus is our new concern as we inoculate billions of birds and give lip service to the conditions of poverty that allows these horrors to exist throughout the world.

At home in Church America we stay glued to CNN and watch as Katrina comes ashore and are fascinated as we watch the terrible power of nature unleashed against our puny human attempts to control the many faces of nature. In our midst we are witness to how we rush to help the lowest of the low, “The Zero People.” The President of our great American Church mounts his pulpit and his acolytes in the Congress shout their Amen’s as he renders up his prayers and pious platitudes for helping the downtrodden in our midst. As the water dries up and the prayers become fainter off in the wings is heard the chorus that chants faintly “God’s will be done.”

It may well behoove us to separate religion from our politics; but place more emphasis on morality and ethics as we elect those that we choose to lead us. We should be able to think critically enough to discern for ourselves how to arrive at truth rather than being told by our American political clergy that God has spoken to them and now they speak for God.

It is great to speak from the platform of age and impress people with the wisdom of having lived long enough to tell the young how they should lead their lives; but as the old German cliché states “Too soon old’t too late smart.” Now our world of today gives us men and women in politics not well steeped in the crucible of life, but rise to their positions as being fortunate by birth to be the children of the privileged. Our Andrew Jackson’s and Lincolns are long dead and we cast around for the money and materialism that whispers success for our American Church. The spell cast we rush to fulfill the prophecies of our spiritual leaders.

In the wilderness there arises the cry of dissidents that caution against this religious exuberance and warn that these new Pharisees do not speak from scripture or from God. Onward we march and bit by bit we learn that truth has been manipulated and that the nation must deal with lies of yesterday. Our children and our children’s children will be left to deal with the remnants of our failures. Is it an American problem? Not solely, the problem is a human problem, and not one solved by God, for he never created the problem. He/She gave us the option to live in freedom and how we choose to live our lives in freedom will be if we have lived our freedom responsibly. Ah yes freedom demands an awful responsibility and we will need all the divine intervention and religious principles at our disposal to make the right choices. by Flora Nerk

Why is it in the world of today that so many people are lost and stumbling about and seemingly running into one dead end after the other? I’ve been thinking about this for some time and although I haven’t come up with the answer. I do have a theory that I’ll share with you. One group that seems completely lost is politicians and it seems that it is a universal problem. Take the recent problems in France with the underclass and the youthful arsonists burning all those Citroens, Peugeots, and anything else with four wheels in a month long orgy of youthful exuberance.

On the home front one only has to take a short glance down D.C. way to see legions of the lost and the damned walking and running in circles. Some believe they are on the road to Baghdad while some are forever looking for a nice safe bank to place all their extra curricular loot for doing the peoples business. It almost leads one to believe that before a person is elected to Congress that the prerequisite must be two successful semesters in Corruption 101 and no passing grades are given unless they cheat on the exam