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As town hall meetings across America are filled with the voices of angry, white and disinformed plants who take their cues from conservative talk radio, you're bound to have heard of this new "deather" meme.
"Deathers" believe that, contained within the language of Obama's health care reform, is some provision that will create "death panels"
bent on knocking off grandma by rationing health care. Any reasonable person will immediately realize that this is a paranoid notion, voiced by a woman who should, under no circumstances, be listened to -- Sarah Palin. Of course, we're not talking about reasonable people.
Anyway, it looks like religious leaders, and some local pastors, are wading into the debate. There's nothing necessarily untoward about that -- at least on its face -- depending on how the discussion is couched. Hopefully with fact.
Our favorite flamboyant megachurch pastor, Maury Davis
, is quoted in a recent Gannett story
. There's not much in the way of substance in the quotes used by the reporter, so it's hard to tell where Davis really comes down on the issue, other than the paraphrased responses. One thing is for sure: He is no dummy.
There are some common silly talking points in the meat of Davis's response, according to the story. To wit: Davis is "concerned that the plan will fund abortions, and could withhold treatment from older Americans, because of a need to cut costs."
Deather? Kinda sounds like it. With the vast audience Davis commands, I surely hope he plans to promote a reasonable dialogue. But after his lecture series, Islam: An Evil Religion
, perhaps I'm too hopeful.