March 28, 2015

100 Words -- Public Morality

An Arizona state senator thinks that a law mandating weekly church attendance would spur a much needed “moral rebirth.” Her remark reflects a conviction shared by many politicians that religion is essential to personal and public morality. Does that mean that only people who go to church can be moral? (Guess that leaves me out.) Is public policy not founded on religious principles inherently immoral? (Guess that leaves the Framers out.) When challenged, they’ll say that’s not what they mean, but I don’t think they are being entirely honest with us or themselves. In their hearts, they know they’re right.

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