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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Red poppies for remembrance unChristian?

'... the red poppy implies redemption can come through war'... Tyuh-huh...

More from the think-tank in question, Ekklesia: 'the language and imagery about ‘fighting for freedom’ and ‘the glorious dead’ which often accompanies war remembrance reinforces a belief that violence is redemptive. We think that is a dangerous idea, that it contradicts the central Christian message, and that it is the root of a lot of our problems in today’s violent world'. Or maybe... that if war can be just, some things are worth fighting for and some things have to be fought against. Who would say the Second World War was redemptive - exept inasmuch as its outcome saved us from something much, much worse?

Interestingly Ekklesia's values include seeking 'alternatives to abortion', which is a bit luke-warm but more than you'd expect from something that 'promotes progressive theological ideas in public life.'