Friday, February 17, 2006

bono

at the national prayer breakfast here.

8 comments:

pedro said...

Phil,

Thaks for the link. Great speech. Bono is definitely one celebrity who doen't just lobby for social causes out of a wealth/guilt complex.

I resonated with what he said about justice. It reminded me about the conversation we all had on your blog two months ago (I think it was in response to the posting about the anniversary of the Tsunami). I still maintain that social justice is important because it really can lift up the individual.

chuck said...

man as much as i've always written bono off as a showboat rockstar with a messiah complex, admittadly the rolling stone article from a couple months ago along with this force me to redefine bone o. he speaks with sincerity and wisdom, as much as i hate to admit that.

but as for being the evangelical rockstar jesus part II, sorry no help on that.

elnellis said...

i was curious what some of your thoughts would be. overall, i thought bono's message was great. what i was a little confused on was his lauding of our "separation" of church and state only to then appeal to the state to become informed by the church to carry out social justice for religious reasons... (the US's "tithe"). or am i off?

pedro said...

I think you're right - in spite of the fact that the speach was fairly well prepared, he wasn't necessarily polished. I do think that he was playing to Bush's evangelical sensibilities. Notice that he began talking about U.S. policy by actually praising not just policy but actually the President himself.

Lian said...

this is a really good speech. I especially appreciated, "this is not about charity in the end...it's about justice." Like you, Chuck, I'm a little humbled to be getting such a powerfully Biblical calling from BOno of all people. He's not wagging Jesus around in that misinformed pseudo-Buddhist way that I am so tired of listening to. It's not even social gospel. I can't believe he's making those connections with the gospels and the teaching of the Old Testament about the year of jubilee and the rest. That's very good stuff. Thanks Phil.
He's won me over by knowing what he's talking about.

Lian said...

Phil, I think the separation of Church and state thing is kind of like: "I admire your separation of Church and state but...you could do with a little more advice from the church on this one."
You're right, though, he's appealing to Bush's roots big time.

elnellis said...

yeah, i think you're right, chad.

nathan Barrett said...

I just read this article. He's definitely an amazing man regardless of his complexes. If anyone gets a chance read TIME's person of the year from December and also check out NEWSWEEK's Jan. 23rd edition with an article about Bode Miller - great stuff.