Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"... A Dark, Godless, Liberal Place...."

Thus the Northwest is described by many people who hail from other parts of these United States.

What I find curious, however, is the (seemingly-related) string of adjectives in this common description:

1. Dark: True, it's pretty gloomy here, both spiritually and meteorologically.

2. Godless: Well, if you take into account the fact that church attendance here is the lowest in the nation, with 25% of people claiming no religious affiliation whatsoever, I can see the merit in this description.

3. Liberal: No doubt about it; Washington, along with most coastal States, is blue and left-of-center.

But it's interesting to note that, in the thinking of those who describe the Evergreen State in this way, these three characteristics naturally go together. In other words, to be "liberal" is to be "Godless," and to be "Godless" is to be "liberal."

Doesn't this line of reasoning beg the question by presupposing, first, that there is a distinctively Christian political theory, and secondly, that this political theory is suspicious of government aid to the poor and disenfranchised, gun control, and strong concern for the environment?

Hmmm... and I thought the Bible was supposed to be a chronicle of the fall, redemption, and consummation of the cosmos, not a political science textbook.

But then, I could be wrong....