‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon

This thoughtful and relevant Whitehead column quotes John Lennon:  “We’re not going to draw children into a situation to create violence so you can overthrow what? And replace it with what? It was all based on this illusion, that you can create violence and overthrow what is, and get communism or get some right-wing lunatic or a left-wing lunatic. They’re all lunatics.” 

To me, this shows the depth of John Lennon’s sophistication and the growth of his insight into the human condition. Violence so you can overthrow what, and replace it with what?

Today, as we all sense the on-coming massive changes, fear builds in those who cannot surf the change while living in faith. That fear leads them to listen more and more obsessively to their chosen savior, left or right. And just like clockwork, before they know it, they’re living in hatred, because they were operating out of fear, and therefore to that extent they’re acting like lunatics. Pray God that we remember not to become lunatics ourselves.

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Taking on Atheists and Fundamentalists

I find it very interesting to watch John Whitehead, head of the Rutherford Institute. He is a conservative in the old sense of the word, and, remarkably, apparently an honest man who does not allow a sense of partisanship or ideological loyalty to blind him to the truth.

Best-Selling Author Chris Hedges Takes Aim at Political Convergence of New Atheists & Radical Christian Fundamentalists in OldSpeak Interview

“The failure of the secular left in this country is that they forgot their Bible. They forgot that there are moral imperatives to which they must remain steadfast, regardless of what happens around them.”-Chris Hedges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – OldSpeak, an online publication of The Rutherford Institute, hosts a provocative interview with Chris Hedges, author of I Don’t Believe in Atheists (Free Press, 2008). Speaking with John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, Hedges takes aim at so-called “New Atheists” such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins for peddling a malformed theology of blind religion and science and attacking religion in order to advance the worst of global capitalism, intolerance and imperialist projects. The interview, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” is available here (http://www.rutherford.org/Oldspeak/articles/interviews/oldspeak-Hedges_2008.html)

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