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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Religious Displays

Great line by George Will today: "Nowadays many people delight in being distressed".

The context is the ahistorical decision by the SCOTUS applying what Will calls "hairsplitting" rules in deciding the legality of religious displays on public property.

That people are offended by religious displays is their own problem. They should "get over it." I grew up in a non-religious home where statements demeaning religions, both Christianity and Judaism, were common-place while the "religion" of Marxism (oh no, not the USSR variety but the softer version espoused by the New Deal) was lauded for its fairness. Ignorant of the factual basis underpinning such attitudes, over time I have learned that though practitioners of both religions have deserved criticism for many bad deeds throughout history, the religions were not the cause of the bad acts. The people were.

As we know, the Commandment 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain' stands for that. The command prohibits claiming God's support for bad acts. That is a serious sin.

So, removing the moral compass of the Ten Commandments from public view, a vision that has led billions to follow a just path in their day-to-day activities, one that moored the Founders and that lends a common-sense approach to an ethical life is a foolish decision by the SCOTUS. To people who value personal liberty, the SCOTUS is on a real losing streak this week.

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