Time was when we understood the biblical refrain ''fear not" as a comfort spoken to those suffering unjust oppression. Now there may another reason to follow this holy imperative: to protect ourselves from our own leaders. BTW "fear not" appears 39 times in the RSV translation of the Hebrew Scriptures and 5 times in the Christian Testament. Eugene Robinson has a great take on the latest fear-mongering from the White House.
Using Our Fear
By Eugene Robinson
Friday, January 27, 2006; Page A23
Once upon a time we had a great wartime president who told Americans they had nothing to fear but fear itself. Now we have George W. Bush, who uses fear as a tool of executive power and as a political weapon against his opponents. (Read more)