When your team is on top, there’s no need to complain
That the rules that you play by aren’t fair
So let’s look at the interfaith statement again
But let’s notice which names are not there.
Something was bugging me last night; there was a reason I was not optimistic about the interfaith statement I wrote about. It wasn’t until I woke this morning that I realized–it’s not who’s on the list, it’s who’s off it.
You can always tell who is in front in a political race by who is not complaining about negative advertising, or PACs, or the influence of this group or that. Winners (even short term) like the current system; losers want to fix it.
Let’s look at the list again:
American Islamic Congress
American Jewish Committee
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Hindu American Foundation
National Council of Churches USA
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
Union for Reform Judaism
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
Do you see the word “Catholic” there? How about “Mormon” (or “Latter-Day”)? Nope, and nope (nope). And don’t bother looking for dominionist groups, either.
And like Kyoto, it doesn’t work unless the biggest offenders sign on. But the biggest offenders have nothing to gain from this agreement, and risk looking like losers if they sign.
What looked like a promising start, looks more and more like a coalition of the powerless.