This Little Liberal Light

of mine, I’m going to let it shine! goes the song. Yes, I’m a liberal, both politically and religiously. But to say that leaves a lot unexplained. It’s just a word and it must be defined in particular as to what I as an individual believe. Not so easy to categorize me! But anyway, here’s a definition I agree with that I found on the American Liberalism website:

“…if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people—their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties—if that is what they mean by a “liberal,” then I am proud to be a liberal.”
— John F. Kennedy

OK, that covers the political side. How about the religious side? Well, later…. :smile:

  1. Danielle’s avatar

    My political leanings don’t seem to fit into any labels as far as I can tell but I do have quite a few liberal leanings. I love this quote and if that is what a liberal stands for count me in.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Right on, Danielle! JFK barely got elected, defeating Richard Nixon by a narrow margin back in 1960, and his murder in 1963 was a traumatic event for the whole nation and the world. He also had an affair or two (Marilyn Monroe?) while president which at the time was not mentioned by the media. Today of course the slightest detail of a politician’s life is played up by the media. But hey, I’ll count you in as a liberal the way JFK defined it. :smile: Thanks for commenting.

  3. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,
    I haven’t voted in the US since quite awhile. But,I don’t recall being attached to one particular party.
    After eading the quote from John Kennedy (which is well chosen), my feeling is along that line.
    Kennedy was always looking ahead and beyond.

    See you later,Mardé .

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Thank you, Barbara. Now there are two! In addition to me, we have two more liberals, Danielle and Barbara. Cheers! :smile:

    Ohh, I suppose putting into practice is the problem. When we get down to specific cases, there can be conflicts. Still, the general rule should be the guiding hand.

    Thank you again, Danielle and Barbara, for your comments.

  5. Danielle’s avatar

    I am awaiting on your definition of liberal religion.
    I’m here for the long haul my new found friend.
    Again wishing your wife a very happy birthday tomorrow.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Thank you Danielle, my new found friend too. I’ve been doing a lot of new reading the past couple days on theism versus atheism. Hope to make a new post soon. It’s tough being an agnostic, like me, if you take it seriously. 😮

    Yes, my wife is having her big seven-five tomorrow! But she’s adamant against a big celebration, so we’re keeping it small.

    How relevant is age? Here we are, more than forty years apart in age, yet it seems not to matter? Well, in some sense it has to. But on the other hand…. perhaps it’s this medium makes it possible. 😕

  7. AJ’s avatar

    Good thoughts, Seev. I’m waiting around for the explanation of your “religious” liberalism. :)

  8. missy’s avatar

    I love that quote. Well chosen.

  9. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment, AJ. Yes, I’m looking for a good quote, from James Luther Adams hopefully, on liberal religion. Then the next thing is, Do I agree with it? 😆

    Glad you like that quote, Missy. The website it comes from is good too.

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