The United States may have a limited capacity to influence the ultimate outcome of protests in the Middle East. Perhaps we'd be better off securing religious and civil liberties at home. Then, the rest of the world would at least have a very strong model to reflect upon.
Posted by Barry Lynn, on February 15, 2011 12:37 PM
Religion is a search for the holy, the eternal, the real; which is clearly far beyond politics and political theories. It is quest for the God. We should be asking Him to fill our hearts with infinite peace instead of claiming to be the sole executer of the political blueprint stemmed out of the edict from heaven.
How the US responds to the surge of democratic aspiration in the Arab world will not only help shape the future of the region, but will also dictate the state of American relationships with the Arab world and the Muslim world for the next century.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on February 3, 2011 6:39 PM
Egypt was Christian before she was Muslim. She retains a significant Christian population. American Christians, including political candidates like Mike Huckabee, should not endanger those brothers and sisters in Christ through rash statements.
Posted by John Mark Reynolds, on February 3, 2011 6:30 PM
The most radically patriotic thing that he could do now, the most loving thing, the thing that would honor God, Islam and his own place in history would be to leave the country he has ruled and no doubt loves. Such is still possible. Sometimes radical loves means saying goodbye.
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon, on February 3, 2011 6:20 PM
Even more so than with Christianity, Mike Huckabee's own religious faith, Islam calls for a unity of purpose in the sacred and secular realms. All of life is to be governed by the will of Allah - of G-d. If one looks at the "99 names of G-d" in Islam, one gets the distinct feeling that justice, mercy, compassion, love, and beneficence are mighty important. If those are "G-d's standards" there, too, I have no problem with it!
It's interesting that some politicians can see dangers in a theocracy or in a government that favors one religion over others only when it's their religion that isn't favored. Holiness isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Posted by Herb Silverman, on January 31, 2011 5:28 PM
The old regimes of power in the Middle East are being shaken by a revolution that is deeply spiritual, but that is not captive to the dominant religious impulses of the region.Young people have found a way around the control of information of repressive regimes by effectively using the Internet and especially social media. And if that's not spiritual, I don't know what is.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on January 31, 2011 5:17 PM