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February 07, 2006

Bono's address to the National Prayer Breakfast

I know I posted the whole text yesterday, but this speech has to be considered for its content, and its courage... Consider this little excerpt (remembering that he is addressing the President)...

Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who He is or if He exists, most will agree that if there is a God, He has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives.

Check Judaism. Check Islam. Check pretty much anyone.

I mean, God may well be with us in our mansions on the hill. I hope so. He may well be with us as in all manner of controversial stuff. Maybe, maybe not. But the one thing we can all agree, all faiths and ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and poor.

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. "If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom with become like midday and the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire in scorched places."

... and that's not the only confronting aspect of the speech.

If you'd rather listen to it, it's available in mp3 and wmv format here. There's a power in the delivery not fully evident in the text.

Posted by gary at February 7, 2006 12:51 PM

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