(Tim, w/thanks to Jeff) A year ago, the New Yorker ran a profile of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa titled, "Fault Lines." It wasn't flattering. Tom Hayden summed up Mayor Villaraigosa's politics: "Antonio’s pattern is to leave people in the dust." (Hayden protests the context, but not the content of this quote.)
Shortly after being elected Speaker of California's Assembly, Villaraigosa told the Democratic caucus the sad story of his childhood. Mayor Villaraigosa proudly reported to the New Yorker that when the story was over, “There were a lot of people crying. ...Then the most beautiful thing happened—somebody said, ‘Let’s pray.’ And all of us got each other’s hands, and we prayed. It was a very powerful thing.”
More recently Villaraigosa has been opposing Proposition 8. Last Saturday at a City Hall protest attacking the citizens of California for passing Proposition 8, Mayor Villaraigosa gave the same religious stump speech we've heard from Rob Bell, Brian McClaren...
and Barack Obama:
(I)n the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God, thou shalt not discriminate. You know, I didn't live--and neither, none of us did--during the time of Jesus. But I like to believe that the Jesus I love, the Jesus I pray to, didn't just talk about being a shepherd. He knew that the role of the shepherd was to bring the flock in--all of the flock, every one of us.
There you have it. The Emergent Church's Fourth Commandment: Thou shalt not discriminate.
Their first? "I am the lord your god who has brought you out of the land of spiritual bondage, ignorance, and dogmatism. Look to me for your salvation."
Their second? "Dude, it's all about images. What else is there?"
Their third? "Never stop taking God's Name in vain."