I wrote this whole comment basically bashing Rod (which I know wasn't even the point of this post), but I don't really feel like putting that energy out there, so I'll just post what I wrote at the end: In all fairness, everything that annoys me about Rod are things that exist in my own personality, and furthermore, I do appreciate that he is who he is, which is something I think I want from the bloggers I read, so...yeah, I don't know.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tc700Yi8KQ
I'm not sure of your point. Do you really mean to conflate Iran and the United States? Or is this about Dreher? If you thought the description of Iranian leadership was a little breathless, what terms do you think would be better/more accurate?
My point is that in a democracy, your political responsibility is your own polity, and in conventional morality (most certainly including Christian morality) your moral responsibility is your own actions. Rod Dreher has no ability to prevent executions and poverty in Iran. He has the ability to work against those things in the United States. He should direct his attention there. What's more, he's specifically using those things to highlight how awful he thinks the Iranian regime is. Which, you know, is funny, for such a patriotic guy.
Sanctions against Iran are likely creating poverty, so in that respect we can effect poverty there.
Rod Dreher has no ability to prevent executions and poverty in Iran.That isn't necessarily true. (Well - it's true that Rod Dreher has no such abilities it need not be true that large numbers of non-Iranians do not.) Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death and then acquitted after large numbers of commentators and human rights campaigners kicked up a stink over it. The two events might not have been related, admittedly, but they could have been. Even Ahmadinejad cares about his reputation.The problem is not people complaining about other nations but complaining about them while ignoring their own. One could do both.
"Rod Dreher has no ability to prevent executions and poverty in Iran. He has the ability to work against those things in the United States."I don't think Rod has any ability to "work against those things" in the US. Don't succumb to the illusion that we have the power to change our country. It's a delusion that will madden you. jult52
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