Re: Choosing one's fights, was Re: George W. Bush's Speech on September 20, 2001

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 21:52:33 MDT

At 04:01 PM 9/23/01 -0400, Michael Wiik wrote:

>I don't expect an openly atheistic
>president anytime soon

The other day I mentioned my devotion to Aaron Sorkin's astonishingly
effective TV drama THE WEST WING. We in Oz are behind, as usual, so the
season finale only just viewed here last night. I have to tell you, it made
my hair stand on end to see the good-guy Catholic Prez of the United States
standing in the nave of a mighty cathedral denouncing god as a feckless son
of a bitch. Granted, there was a slightly sentimental implied redemptive
retraction in the closing moments (God doesn't *cause* fatal car crashes,
so it's all right, there, there), but this ferocious and entirely justified
blasphemy on a major US TV series did my heart good, I have to tell you.

Damien Broderick

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