Sunday, May 1, 2011

Religion in this republic

David Sehat, the author of The Myth of American Religious Freedom, gives us "Five myths about church and state":
  1. The Constitution has always protected religious freedom.
  2. The founders’ faith matters.
  3. Christian conservatives have only recently taken over politics.
  4. America is more secular than it used to be.
  5. Liberals are anti-religious.
The reasons he gives for each of those statements being false are explained in the column and I find his explanations convincing in every case except the last — the most recent "liberal" he cites is from 1952. I fear liberal attitudes have moved on a bit since then. In some circles, at least, the desire for freedom from religion — public religious expression, public religious speech— has become the priority.

David Sehat: Five myths about church and state