Achieving Unity: a Speech by Welton Gaddy

July 7, 2003

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

On July 7, 2003 The Interfaith Alliance printed a sermon by the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president, The Interfaith Alliance Delivered at Washington's National Cathedral, July 6, 2003. He states, "achieving unity that guarantees uniformity requires only strict adherence to a rather simple strategy. Here are some of its elements: Turn 'difference' into a moral category and make 'being different' as bad as 'being alike' is good. Define patriotism as unquestioning loyalty to national policy and brand questions, critiques, and disagreements related to this policy as indicators of disloyalty. Commit to a program of indoctrination rather than education so that people all across the nation will think alike and speak alike. Do not forget our children. Yank youngsters from institutions that tolerate diversity and enroll them in programs that nurture uniformity. Carefully prescribe the books that they can read. Allow no opportunity for an engagement with disturbing ideas. Do not abide unclear generalizations of affirmation that allow friends and colleagues to waffle on their support for the specific details of a particular theology, legislative initiative, or foreign policy. Tag diversity as a threat to be closely monitored rather than as a reality to be greatly appreciated."