So when Dr. Kennedy tells us that he despises tolerance, he is not kidding. If he had his way the Constitution would be scrapped in favor of an Old Testament theocracy.
Of course, I wouldn’t mind a theocracy, which literally means "rule by God," if God was in fact the one who ruled. But what usually happens in theocratic states is someone who claims to speak for God ends up running things, and normally not too well.
Getting back to tolerance, mere tolerance, in my opinion, does not go far enough. Simple toleration of someone or some idea is not the ideal expressed in our founding documents. In America we don't promote tolerance among religions; we practice "religious freedom."
In America, as far as the law is concerned, all human beings and their various religions are created equally. If we fail to protect this basic constitutional ideal, we will find ourselves on a path that leads to totalitarianism.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Jim Evans has written an outstanding essay contrasting the difference between religious equality and theocracy. Here's a quote:
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 8:11 AM