The American Pharisees of Madison

Americans looking for entertainment need only to observe controversies surrounding the fiscal follies of February, which have metastasized from the budget proposals of the nation's capital to a dozen or so state capitals. At the center of the most interesting fracas stands Wisconsin's newly elected Republican governor, whose position is depicted by his opponents as comparable to the stance taken by the Bastille's luckless commander in 1789.More sober heads might rather search Jesus' Parable of the publican and the Pharisee, which needs to be fully quoted in order to grasp its message:"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but...(Read Full Article)