Ponder witches, while the GetReligion crew unpacks

The GetReligion crew has been traveling the last two days to attend planning meetings for this blog and other related projects. It looks like we might be moving to Oxford, sort of. Details soon. Academic connections take time to work out. We hope to be part of a new effort at the Center for Religion and Public Life, based at Oxford. Tentative title for the overarching project -- the Center for Faith and Journalism.

In the meantime, the post 11/2 news continues to sort itself out. To me, it seems as if religion is at the heart of every other story. I'll have some of my usual reflections on reading newspapers in airports, in a matter of a day or two.

Meanwhile, enjoy these faith-based thoughts from one of the mainstream religious leaders in Hollywood. That would be Barbra, as in Streisand. In terms of East Coast voices, has anyone seen anything new from Frank Rich? (Wait! There he is in my morning email.)

I am not joking. All of the good stories are on the religious left right now.

We Must Have Patience . . . Barbra Streisand
Posted on November 8, 2004

In response to the results of the Presidential election last week, I would like to share with you a quote from Thomas Jefferson. Although written in 1798, I feel his words speak perfectly to the strong sentiments of frustration and disappointment 48% of the country feel.

"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt . . . If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."

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