We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reno at First Things looked at the life of Moses from an interesting angle: the multicultural man turned uni-cultural by the hand of God. A quote:
Each of us must struggle to understand how to live our lives in a pluralistic, democratic society. But to my mind, however fuzzy and uncertain we might be about any particular public policy or social project, we must at least be clear about Moses. We should want to follow his trajectory, and there can be no compromise with those who prize his multicultural youth. For he who is not a servant of a cultural authority deeply installed is merely human�which is to say, a slave to his passions and servant of his self-interest, who, when he comes to realize his base existence, is all too easily victim of thin, ideological deities who promise the immediate psychological satisfactions of a veneer of moral idealism.
I'm sure you know the answer Buddy. They aren't horns but rather the rays of light surrounding Moses head as he came down with the Commandments. Anti-Semites chose to see them on this famous statues as horns on the devil people, Jews.
My Orthodox church is about to begin the yearly Adult Education (same time the kids go to Bible school) - this year's theme is "The Church in the world: social justice in the time of Constantinople versus now, what changed, and why it matters".
I'm a touch scared, since its the first time the S-J moniker has raised its head in our congregation. I'm a touch worried where this might go.... and my reaction.
Fred, one of the key texts in going wrong is in reading Matthew 25 as general, rather than specific to the new Christian community Jesus wished to be a light to the world. Charity to all came along later. I think that is an entirely correct extension of Christian principle, but to understand the meaning, we must recognise that it is derivative, not primary. Not being attached to the goods of this world, but to Christ, is what is primary, and that is the theme that is strongest in Jesus's preaching - to count the world as nothing in contrast to the Kingdom. Without that seeing that primary vs derivative distinction, some social justice people move immediately to the idea that Jesus's purpose was to "challenge the socioeconomic structure of his day" or some such nonsense. Such effects are byproducts, not intents.
Hope that helps.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Egyptian culture was a rigid caste-based system.
As an uber-successful pagan society, it viewed other cultures and peoples as inferior. Not exactly a recipe for multi-culti feelgood.
Judaism began the process of challenging that - no doubt Moses heard about Abraham and Sarah feeding strangers, asserting that monotheism implied a brotherhood of humanity.
It would take the West 3000 years to develop that kernel - and the law Moses himself had yet to deliver - into modern democracies that restrict the powerful and respect the individual. Only then would Lefties subvert that Judeo-Christian ethic into the multi-culti "everybody is right".
So: there weren't exactly any examples of multi-culti tolerance around for Moses to learn from.