“How Christian Were the Founders?” the New York Times asks.
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Those who did think in this manner should not have. For Christians seeking redress, it was off to court, off to legislative chambers , and — in Texas — off to state school board elections for redress. “Christian conservatives” constitute now, for various purposes, a bare majority of the state board’s membership.
The people — liberals chiefly — who invoked the power of government to oust religion from public places found two could play at that little game. So it goes, on a parallel track, with abortion. Supreme Court arrogance in snatching a complex question from the jurisdiction of popularly elected legislators caused resentments to grow and tempers to flare and the controversy over unborn human life to drag on, world without end, Amen.
The best thing about the New York Times Magazine piece — a not-bad job, I thought, that favored the board of education critics chiefly in the tonal sense — was probably the clarity it brought to the dogfight over when, and how much, religion belongs in public school textbooks. The lofty Times’ theoretically lofty readers came on like harpies or irritated middle-aged football fans with a little too much beer under their belts. They screeched, they howled, they dropped their pants in public. They reminded members of the Texas education board that nobody you would want your daughter to marry is listening to arguments as to the non-faith of the fathers. Nuts and screwballs — that’s what you folks elect down in Texas! Which isn’t quite so, I am here to say with some confidence, speaking not only as a Texan but as a high-church Episcopalian.
Gentlemen, ladies — remember yourselves. Please. Main thing to remember, maybe, is what happens when, by political hook or crook, you try to pry sensitive, complex questions, and the means of resolving those questions, from the hands of those who don’t automatically acknowledge your intellectual superiority. The folks tend to resent it. They find ways of going around you.
Give me any day a Rev. Pat Robertson or even a Texas education board member over particular commentators on the New York Times Magazine blog, whom I could probably list in longhand assuming you’ve got two or three weeks to wait.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online