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Monday, September 19, 2005

A Failed State

Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 07:21:07 +0000

Source: 'MARTINSBURG, WV -- “America’s proverbial drawers are down,” the preacher exclaimed. “Its backside is showing.” His speech was deliberate, grave for such a slapstick image, a joke that wasn’t meant for laughter, but within the packed sanctuary of Destiny Baptist Church on a working-class street in this average small town people laughed some anyway, as the preacher knew they would, for the same reason they pray: to lighten the load.

'This was the Sunday after the storm, September 4. Six days of madness, of human creation either undone or finally exposed amid the fetid high water of New Orleans, and on the seventh day, restlessness. Great swathes of America found two sources of public communion, the church and CNN, and two rescuers in which to place their faith, Jesus and the cavalry. Armed force having come late or brutally to Katrina’s wretched exiles, and in all events helpless as salvation from a trouble so profound that neither poverty nor racism adequately names it, people looked to Jesus. Jesus must be sick of us.' (MotherJones article).


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