Now Liberals Are Public Enemy

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Below is an excerpt from "On Faith," an Internet feature sponsored by The Washington Post and Newsweek. Each week, more than 50 figures from the world of faith engage in a conversation about an aspect of religion. This week's includes a posting by On Faith's editor, David Waters .

The pastor of the now too-well-known Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church occasionally wrote columns for the local newspaper, the Knoxville News Sentinel. Last March, he wrote one entitled ''Tolerance,'' in which he compared past intolerance of interracial couples to today's intolerance of gay couples.

''In the movie 'Hairspray,' '' Rev. Chris Buice wrote, ''the character Mabelle warns a newly formed interracial couple, 'You two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a never-ending parade of stupid.' We forget that it was not that long ago that the law forbade such relationships, even while some prominent segregationist politicians engaged in them. Today, a gay couple might encounter harassment and derision for simply holding hands in a public park.''

Sunday morning, a whole lotta ugly entered the church's sanctuary in the form of a man who was angry about ''the liberal movement'' and its tolerance for gay couples, among other things. The man started firing a shotgun he bought from a pawnshop. He killed two people and injured seven others before he was wrestled to the floor and later arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

So now we can add liberals to the list of enemy combatants in America's culture war.

-- David Waters' blog, Under God, is at

To read the complete blog and see more "On Faith" commentary, hosted by Jon Meacham

and Sally Quinn, go to

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