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  •  you put an end to generalizations (2+ / 0-)
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    Nowhere Man, HeyMikey

    by not making generalizations.  I'm telling the majority of Americans who identify as Christians that it's ok to believe as they do on matters of faith, and on politics, that they don't have to let Rick Warren speak for them.  This doesn't involve, by the way, saying Warren isn't a Christian or a True Christian.  I don't much care whether he is or isn't.  If it works to say that his views are inconsistent with not a few teachings of Jesus, and in my view they are inconsistent, that's fine.  But you're suggesting that even discussing the possibility of such a move is itself oppressive, because the world would be better as long as a few like-minded people repeat that oppression is bad as loudly and as often as possible.  The believers have a phrase for this, preaching to the choir.  Is it enough to say end homophobia, etc.?  Would be nice if it were, but as it's not, some constructive engagement of religion is going to be necessary, including pitches on their terms, and recognizing this augments, not derails, discussions of discrimination.  Either acceptance is a pluralistic vision, in which case it is a value that can be accepted by religious and non-religious alike, and all points in between, or it's not, either because the Constitution is flawed or because you posit a much broader conflict with religion than you seem to want to admit.  

    The study of law was certainly a strange discipline. -- Yukio Mishima

    by Loge on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 11:26:50 AM PDT

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