Wednesday 7 December 2016

Obama should maybe follow his own advice and listen to his opponents

It’s time bullying American liberals emulated the good Christians of Charleston

Published 28/06/2015 | 02:30

‘Obama is a metropolitan liberal who dislikes the Americans who don’t agree with him’
‘Obama is a metropolitan liberal who dislikes the Americans who don’t agree with him’

'Everyone thinks progress depends on indignation, accusation, aggression, demonstration, marching," wrote the commentator Peggy Noonan last week. "But we just saw anger lose to love. It's a huge moment."

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The moment she was alluding to in an article headed 'Two Miracles in Charleston', was "that scene of amazing, other-worldly forgiveness" shown by relatives of some of the nine black people murdered by a white supremacist in South Carolina, in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dylann Roof had wanted to ignite a race war: instead, victims responded to his bloody hatred with what Noonan called "the first miracle, the amazing grace that pierced the hearers' hearts" - public statements "that laid out the essence of Christianity, unedited and undiluted."

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