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Re: “That old-time religion keeps folks in line

Gotch, I think you're missing the point here. This article, misguided or not, was intended as an indictment of Southern culture and political mindsets. I am quite certain that were there a large number of madrassas in the lowcountry, spewing anti-infidel venom, Mr. Moredock would have included those in his discussion. At the same time, you're right to question the relevance of this "expose" altogether. What could Mr. Moredock have expected to find when perusing the admission requirements of a few local, private, Christian schools? It's no secret that all brands of religion impart a sense of self-righteousness upon many of their followers. And unsurprisingly, this often results in a "believe what I believe or you're going to hell," mentality. Much the same as liberals who claim some abstract moral high ground by rejecting intolerance, while simultaneously equating religion with ignorance. But unlike those "tolerant" liberals, among whom Mr. Moredock likely counts himself, the ignorant, religiously indoctrinated members of our country are at least sufficiently organized to translate their beliefs into political clout. Working together to achieve a common goal? Now there's something we can all aspire to.

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Posted by Josh37 on March 15, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Re: “How integration led to the decline of black-owned businesses

Gotch, there is truth to the maxim of a horse at water when it comes to education. Too often, viable opportunities are wasted by those who lack appreciation for them, but there is a reason that most Charleston families who can afford it send their children to Porter Gaud and Bishop England. It's unrealistic to think that children raised in households which place little or no emphasis on education would magically acquire a passion for learning on their own. Especially when they are trapped within a public school system unfortunately considered one of the worst in the nation. It may be impossible to pinpoint any one cause for our current state of racial educational disparity, but I can tell you unequivocally that "Young Laquesha" and "G-Unit" are not to blame. Those who must shoulder it instead are the parents of these children who fail to instill within them a value for the education that is available. But at the same time it is difficult to blame parents for whom school has meant little more than institutionalized racism. As ebrad so eloquently points out, blindly focusing on the past is not helpful. Yet failure to take responsibility for mistakes made does doom us to repeat them. And so we continue to dance around and point fingers while the poverty cycle spirals out of control.

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Posted by Josh37 on March 15, 2008 at 4:28 AM
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