Kathleen Kennedy Townsend isn’t much of a theologian.
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It should also be remembered that threats of theocracy do not typically come from Christians. John Calvin is long dead, the church courts of the Spanish Inquisition were more often merciful than the state courts of the same time, and — apart from being a fractious bunch — we Christians are the “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” people. Connecticut’s Danbury Baptist Church was in on the ground floor of Jeffersonian thinking about the separation of church and state, and William Penn was famous for showing why a concept that worked at the federal level should not be taken as holy writ by the states. Not to get all triumphalist about it, but — like the concept of free inquiry in universities— religious freedom is an outgrowth of Christian theology, not the other way around.
Townsend’s essay shows no evidence of her having considered any of that. Instead, one gets the impression that she agrees with the people who think Sarah Palin pines to turn America into a heaping helping of God, Gold, and Guns, as though the only diversity for which Palin and her ilk have any respect is a diversity of greenback denominations and shell sizes.
What those critics never explain is what gives them reason to think Sarah Palin would settle on God, Gold, and Guns as the unifying thread for every American from Booker T. Washington to Marco Rubio, Alvin York, and Mia Hamm. Ignoring weasel wording from high-profile Kennedys and other purveyors of the “religion is private” line in their own camp, critics charge Palin with “extremism” and hope (to God?) that the charge sticks. Oddly enough, some of them tried the same tactic with “Cowboy” George W. Bush and “Nap-taker-in-Chief” Ronald Reagan. Perhaps the “politics of personal destruction” is the leftist version of “Now bring us some figgy pudding.”
They’ll have to do better if they hope to be persuasive.
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Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
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