Extended Inauguration Perspectives

The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; John Garvey, a lawyer and the president of Catholic University; and Harold Dean Trulear, professor of theology at the Howard University Divinity School, continue their conversation about the mood of the country and perspectives on the next four years by weighing the crisis of gun violence and the debate over health care, two social issues that will continue to dominate the domestic scene as President Obama’s second administration begins.

 

  • Ellen Chmiel

    Don’t want contraceptives–just refuse them.
    Catholic Bishops were against health care;nuns for it. I suspect all the investigations of religious women are
    retribution. They don’t live in mansions, live simply, work w/ the needy.
    Everyone I know in my retirement community (one of 7 here!) are against automatic weapons and large magazines.

  • PSmith

    I found your 18 January discussion by three religious leaders, on ‘mood of our country’, compelling and thoughtful. They challenged my concept and meaning for ‘religion and government’ connection in human societal evolution. Your guests desire to ‘find middle ground’ in America, as somehow requiring government intervention was… very troubling. In many ways religion, not government, is the foundation for human moral and ethical clarity. Faith in God (not government) should create and mature our civil society; and only then should minimal government follow that lead to maintain the established humanistic path. Government is too myopic, severe and powerful; being incapable of fostering true civility in humans. History has shown, time and again, that government central planning with mandated collective social order, actually destroys freewill and represses religious freedom. Society which requires government design, guidance and regulation to evolve, also corrodes the human spirit, leading to destruction (social engineering).
    This intolerant view which I heard on your show was nicely ‘veiled in rosy dialog’ of good intentions. But those roses have many real thorns, which were being ignored by your guests. Government design is never the solution to human moral and ethical evolution… Stalin, Mao and Hitler all tried it. Government should follow the evolution of human civility and spirit, it should never try to lead it.
    I have Hope, I have Faith, I have God, I am strong, I have NO Hate…
    Sincerely, P.Smith

  • PSmith

    I found your 18 January discussion by three religious leaders, on ‘mood of our country’, compelling and thoughtful. They challenged my concept and meaning for ‘religion and government’ connection in human societal evolution. Your guests desire to ‘find middle ground’ in America as somehow requiring government intervention was… very troubling. In many ways religion, not government, is the foundation for human moral and ethical clarity. Faith in God (not government) should create and mature our civil society; and only then should minimal government follow that lead to maintain the established humanistic path. Government is too myopic, severe and powerful; being incapable of fostering true civility in humans. History has shown, time and again, that government central planning with mandated collective social order, actually destroys freewill and represses religious freedom. Society which requires government design, guidance and regulation to evolve, also corrodes the human spirit, leading to destruction (social engineering).
    This intolerant view which I heard on your show was nicely ‘veiled in rosy dialog’ of good intentions. But those roses have many real thorns, which were being ignored by your guests. Government design is never the solution to human moral and ethical evolution… Stalin, Mao and Hitler all tried it. Government should follow the evolution of human civility and spirit, it should never try to lead it.
    I have Hope, I have Faith, I have God, I am Strong, I have NO Hate…
    Sincerely, P.Smith