With the passing of Nelson Mandela, I am forced to remember an incident that I am still conflicted about. A missionary was speaking at our church and made some reactionary comments about Mandela and/or apartheid. I can't recall the exact comment any more, but I know that I was miffed..
Decades later, I still wonder if I should have done something — walked out for example — but I just sat there. I still wonder if I was right to let it pass. I think I was. I guess there was no use upsetting everyone. What would you have done?
I think this is the same missionary who had a speech impediment, but he spoke anyway, while his unimpeded wife sat dutifully but silently in the congregation in accordance with 1 Corinthians 14:34: "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak." It's not his fault that he suffered from an impediment, but it seems misguided, somehow, for him to be anointed as the public speaker of the family.
Relatedly: just this morning, I was reading an article on how conservatives such as Cheney, particularly the religious right such as Robertson and Falwell, spoke out against Mandela and in favour of apartheid. This is why I call them the Relgious Wrong.
And speaking of how religion can screw up people, how about a woman being stoned to death in Pakistan for owning a cell phone?
I do know that there are all sorts of good-thinking, religious folk out there, and you might be one of them, so I hope I don't offend you too much, but beliefs can sure lead people to close-minded, bad thinking.