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‘As the thirty-ninth attorney general of the sixth-largest state in America, that’s the Lord’s work.’

I have no gripes with the statement below by Roland Burris, but I wonder if those who believe that Bush invaded Iraq because God told him to do so, and that the GOP seeks to impose a theocracy, have a problem with a senator who believes his electoral victories represent “the Lord’s work”:

I’m in there every day working with the people because that’s what the Lord has directed me. Can you all imagine a young, Black kid in Centralia, Illinois, at the age of sixteen saying he wanted to do two things? One, to be a lawyer and the other, to be a statewide elected official. Reflect on this, my Christian friends. There weren’t that many Black lawyers in 1953, let alone any Black politicians in 1953. That wasn’t me, that was the Lord! As the thirty-ninth attorney general of the sixth-largest state in America, that’s the Lord’s work.

The quote comes from Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest, by Jane J. Mansbridge and Aldon Morris, University of Chicago Press, 2001.

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