I have refrained from writing about Cindy Sheehan and the anti-war protests that are springing up for the simple fact that I had nothing more to add.
Most conservative bloggers are trying to find the balance of honoring her fallen son and his sacrifice, while observing that Sheehan appears to have drunk a whole gallon of blue kook-aid. The liberal side has by passed the Catholic church and has made her a living saint.
Most bloggers are saying the same things over and over again on this issue (on both sides). But something I heard her say this morning struck me and I don’t know of anyone else who has commented on this.
Not only has Sheehan’s opinion of President Bush shifted since her first meeting with him, from her most recent language it appears her faith has changed as well.
After that first meeting, Sheehan said, “I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith.”
The newspaper article also says this about the meeting:
The meeting didn’t last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son’s sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.
From that it appears that Sheehan and Bush were able to find common ground with their shared Christian faith. The article makes it clear that Sheehan was against the war even at that time, but she claimed to have a “new respect” for the man that she now claims is “the biggest terrorist in the world.”
But it is not just her language toward Bush that has changed, it is her language of faith. Gone are the references to a shared faith with the President. She now speaks of being chosen by “the universe”. to start the new anti-war movement or that the universe is blessing her efforts.
The deification of the universe is not an isolated instance in her new vocabulatry. In this article she talked about her son dying and being “part of the universe.”
“A few weeks after [Casey] died, as I was laying on his grave in Vacaville, I was looking up at the stars and I said, ‘You know what, Casey? You’re part of the universe now.’ And as soon as I said ‘now,’ there was a shooting star,” she said.
I can’t help but think that the people that she has alligned herself with since her first meeting with President Bush have not only steered her away from conciliatory language toward the President, but from language that reflects a belief in God or her previous Christian faith.
From the Crawford Peace House to Michael Moore, her new “friends” are not exactly comfortable with referencing God (at least a specific God) so it appears that along with her dignity and credibility, Sheehan has shed her faith. I feel sorry for her on all accounts.