Let’s Stop and Take a Breath: American Divisiveness

No Service to AZ LegislatorsAmerican divisiveness is a special breed of cat. American-style democracy is an anomaly in the world and so is the American way of trying to bridge divisions to balance the needs of the many and the few.

Sometimes this is a knee-jerk, willful, or greatly misguided bunk — as in former House Speaker Tom DeLay’s contention that, “We stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.” Sometimes it is a matter of forcing opinions on your opposition — like Richard Dawkins’ claim that, “What a child should never be taught is that you are a Catholic or Muslim child, therefore that is what you believe. That’s child abuse.”

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Become a Christian in New Shoes

New Shoes

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

America’s politicians are engaged in internecine warfare, but there is a far larger and equally destructive religious war going on. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction in religion. Christians build ostentatious monuments to the Ten Commandments so Satanists want their due. If the Christians and Satanists get their statues the Hindus and Atheists want theirs.

This tit for tat generally infuriates Christians, particularly evangelicals, because they see it as an innocent act that no one should object to. After all, the vast majority of Americans are Christians and most evangelicals see their place as an unquestionable birthright. Non-Christians think this is an improper and illegal affront to their views. They both have points.

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So When is a Minority a Minority

Antonin ScaliaSo when is a minority a minority?

“It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently told the Federalist Society. He was defending his decisions on DOMA and California Prop 8, implying gay people are a “minority” under the law. Scalia often makes these anti-“minority” decsions. Replace the word gay with almost any group smaller than the white male, and sometimes when it suits him, female population and he is exhaustingly predictable.

Scalia often lives in a topsy-turvy world where his own words oddly prove him wrong and this is one of those times.

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