Sunday, February 14, 2010

"How Christian Were the Founders?" in the New York Times, makes me think of how insane our dialogue on the Constitution has become

Here. Why? Because the story is all about the Texas board of education, who get to amend curriculum and textbook guidelines, and how a large block of hardcore Christians on it want to impose a Christian reading of the Constitution, a Christian reading of American history, and a Christian interpretation of the founding fathers.

I think all of their arguments are bullshit, quite frankly. The founding fathers wanted America to be a beacon of Christianity. The founding fathers only intended the first amendment to prohibit the establishment of a single State church. The U.S. itself was colonized through the motivation of Christianity.

Personally, my feeling is that people should think about principles in terms of what they feel is right and wrong, in the present, instead of fighting over past documents. If you believe something and you have a good argument behind your position it should be true regardless of what someone established two hundred and twenty years ago. But arguments are just what the Christian right wants to avoid. On some level they must know that they'd fare bad in an open debate about principles themselves, so they hide behind convoluted and often hysterical arguments about the Constitution.

It's not just individual voices on the right who put their heads in the sand rather than engage in honest debate. Fox News as an entity is designed to give conservatives with viewpoints that have nothing behind them a bully pulpit to spew out whatever comes to mind to viewers across our great nation.

The Christian right is an echo chamber, but the thing is that chambers like that amplify the sound, so that something loud and affirming turns into a whisper once the walls are taken away.

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