Obama aide apologises to US-Arabs
President-elect Barack Obama’s White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel has apologised to the US-Arab community for remarks made by his father.
On its website, the committee quoted Mr Rahm as saying: “From the fullness of my heart, I personally apologise on behalf of my family and me. These are not the values upon which I was raised or those of my family.”
I am quite sure that there are those within the Democratic Party that will not accept any apology from Joe Lieberman, even if he were to follow his own traditions and ask for forgiveness three times along the lines of Joseph and his brothers in Genesis, and duly noted here.
I haven’t any idea what the tradition is amongst Democratic atheists, although I doubt it is any worse than those of the Christians who seek forgiveness often but do not do grant it themselves, even though the tradition is to forgive freely as often as one is asked to do so, regardless of sincerity as is conveyed by the instruction to forgive seven times seventy times.
So it is best not to digress into a theological dissertation on matters that are political, and accept things such as this pro forma apology as a political necessity so as to acquiesce to the desires of the President elect.
In doing so we acknowledge the separation of our faith from our politics since they are incompatible with their respective necessities. This of course gives me great glee, as it highlights the necessity of keeping church and state separated so as to keep the hypocrisy of human affairs from spilling over into our religious affairs and making us hypocrites in both secular and spiritual realms, a thing which I believe is the horn of your current dilemma, as well as many others pertaining to those of the Christian right.
To that end I pray you will circumcise your heart and head, and assure you that I will accept your apology if and when it is forth coming. I am speaking only for myself of course, and those whom you have insulted must make up their own minds as to whether pro forma contrition is acceptable to themselves in this situation. I will promise only to neither inhibit nor encourage their response.