Tag Archive: Religion
First, the demagoguery is awful:
- Indiana’s bill is almost an exact copy of the one that Bill Clinton passed in 1993. Arkansas’ is being made into an exact copy. But of course this isn’t what gets presented.
- Something like 19 states already have pretty much identical bills on the books. Such as Connecticut – while Connecticut’s governor Dan Malloy tries to ban travel to Indiana. Or such as the bill that Illinois passed, partially with State Senator Obama’s vote, while the Obama administration calls Indiana’s law “unthinkable”.
- The media is constantly using the word “discrimination”, without ever giving the other side a voice, as per the norm. And they’re drastically over-representing the language of the bill.
- While Apple’s Tim Cook calls for boycotts to Indiana, Apple is expanding throughout middle eastern countries that punish homosexuality with death.
- The media is making up the stories of businesses refusing to cater to gay weddings.
- All of the fervor is really about positioning in the left’s constant culture war.
Second, the entire fervor being whipped up is entirely failing to understand important concepts in both liberty and tolerance:
- This very same law that protects Christian bakers from being forced to service events that they disagree with also protects gay bakers from making cakes that say, “A man shall . . . hold fast to his wife — Gen. 2:24.” or protect Muslim bakers from making cakes featuring cartoons of Mohammed. The law is protecting people from having to act against their conscience.
- Not having this law is a situation where the state is forcing people to act against their will. Having this law (which shouldn’t be necessary in the first place, honestly), is enshrining a situation where no one can be forced to act against their will. Forcing people to behave in a certain way is tyranny. Letting people behave how they would is liberty. And of course, it’s really the very liberty that so many on the left have long clamored for.
- This law is the opposite of Jim Crow laws, which were codifying discrimination into the rule books. This law does not encode discrimination, but says business owners cannot be forced to act against their will.
- Tolerance is not forcing people who disagree with you, even if you believe their opinion hateful, to behave in some fashion. Tolerance is respecting that they have a different opinion from you, and going your own way. The opponents to Indiana’s law are actually being intolerant of those they perceive as intolerant.
I got into a bit of a theological debate with some Christian friends recently about how to take the bible as truth, and what’s amusing is that I’ve had nearly the same debate with Atheist friends – both sides making the exact same point, but the Christians to say that certain theories of modern science must be wrong, the Atheists to say that the bible must be wrong. In both cases, I think that my debaters are making what I perceive as a common mistake of misunderstanding truth, and especially “literal” truth. Continue reading
I blame the multiculturalist viewpoint that western societies are taking. There’s some sort of twisted notion that because Christian culture is nominally in power in western societies, the oppression of Christian groups in the non-western world should be ignored.
Like if you’re an orthodox Jew and you hang a sign asking for a modest dress code. HATE CRIME!
The liberal definition of tolerance is that you must agree to their viewpoint.
Good for him. Hopefully some people will listen.
I wonder if that will help mute the practice of politicians cloaking themselves in a religion they don’t follow simply for the popularity.
Christianity (for all the constant fretting of the left about it’s spread) is the most persecuted religion worldwide. Just over Christmas, Islamists in Nigeria gunned down a midnight mass and then torched the church.
You may have already heard, but at the DNC, there was an infight between Democrats over whether to have language mentioning God in the party platform or not. The language unanimously didn’t feature God when it was created, but the politickers realized how that alienated them from so much of the electorate, and so shoved it back into the platform against their parties wishes – Democrats even steal elections from themselves. Now they’re trying to claim that it was a mere oversight not having it there, that Obama wanted it there and didn’t know it wasn’t, and that there wasn’t any discord over the issue. Illuminating.
So, I’ve been watching a lot of TED talks and the like recently, and I’ve seen a remarkable trend. Some videos, especially these two are from atheist types doing a remarkable job of pointing out to their communities that even if you take a completely mundane, atheist view of history, faith, and all of that that there are values that the atheist community has shunned in their eagerness to reject religion. Religions, whether or not you believe they’re divinely inspired, have had huge historical and cultural influence on our societies, and have most definitely realized wisdoms about human nature.
While I am a believer, I don’t blame atheists or members of other religions for their positions, or feel offended by other viewpoints – I’m only offended by atheism when it’s insistent that it’s not a position of faith, and the frequent insistence that nothing good has ever come from the other religions. The fact that many other religions have contributed not only incredible art, but deep philosophical thoughts on morality and human fallibility is something that I’m always disappointed to see dismissed out of hand. Observing atheists realize that they’ve been too eager to throw out all previous religious thought in their attempts to dismiss all other religion is quite welcome.