Yesterday, I read Vonnegut's latest, A Man Without a Country. It was like getting together with an old friend for lunch and remembering why you had once been such good buddies. He makes so many poignant and provocative points. One in particular struck me as worth repeating.
“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the beatitudes, be posted anywhere.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
He goes on to ask what it might be like to post "Blessed are the merciful" in a courthouse, or "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon.