Sunday, February 22, 2009

From Rod Dreher
  • Christian philosophers need not apply. In other words, no Christian or other religious schools that live by their religion's teaching on human sexuality, and in particular homosexuality, are to have a place at the professional philosopher’s table, should this petition succeed. precisely what these gay activists and their fellow travelers seek: to destroy these schools and their Christian commitment. I understand what they’re after and why they’re after it, and I also understand why they have to use the language of liberalism to advance their illiberal goals. But what I don’t understand is why so many Christians seem unaware of and unconcerned with what’s happening here regarding the fast erosion of religious liberty in America.
  • Larison on patriotism and optimism. When making a cultural critique of private habits, the resistance becomes even more fierce. To call for America to come home suggests that she has gone astray, and so it means that we as a nation have gone astray, which is to do the worst thing possible in a political campaign: tell your audience the truth about them. More. Consumption habits like everything else politically fall under the harm principle (do what you want as long as you don’t harm others). I can see Dreher’s nanny/judgemental streak (a sort of orthodox Christian version of SWPL, itself Calvinism gone bad?) becoming as annoying and invasive as the left-liberals but regarding individual and national responsibility of course he’s spot-on.

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