JUST FAITH AND ACTION: A BI-MONTHLY THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION FROM THE WASHINGTON OFFICE ON AFRICA
Confronting the silence
by Leon Spencer, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
Washington Office on Africa
The newsletter says noise dominates on Capitol Hill. The newsletter includes critical analysis of the American news media. The newsletter says folks in and out of faith-based communities have something useful to say. Adequate support to fight the AIDS pandemic, effective legislation to control conflict diamonds, and end to the use of landmines, debt cancellation, a meaningful commitment to development assistance - these are now "debated" in the negative in Washington. Critical thought about the United States place in the world, about the United States' strength and failings, about policy that embraces justice and upholds the human spirit, that critical thought is silenced. When the United States administration wants no questions asked, and a mainstream media such as ours doesn't ask them, the noise we continue to hear isn't discourse any more.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.