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Rallies for Fear and Sanity

September 17, 2010

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have decided to organize competing political rallies?

Arguing that the true political divide in the United States is between people who want to embrace fear and those who are tired of all the shouting and angry rhetoric, the two comedians have announced rallies in Washington on October 30 to allow people with these different perspectives to express their opinions.

“We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard,” said Jon Stewart last night in explaining the reason for his call for a rally.

 There’s a little more information on his website which also includes a “don’t click here” button: Rally To Restore Sanity

Stephen Colbert has a different perspective:

America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason.

Stephen Colbert’s website is Keep Fear Alive .

We at FCNL, of course, aren’t endorsing either of these rallies. Yet as I read this, the two comedians are doing what comedy has done for centuries — helping us to see our country more clearly. Whether you go to these rallies or not, we hope you will continue to focus on lobbying Congress and making peace an election issue back in your home districts.

But these competing rallies are a way to make all of us think.

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