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Friday, April 10, 2015

Buchanan: "The Long Retreat in the Culture War"

Pat Buchanan, writing in the American Conservative, discusses the long retreat of religiosity from the public sphere. Some of his comments:
... the process has been steadily proceeding for generations. 
First comes a call for tolerance for those who believe and behave differently. Then comes a plea for acceptance. Next comes a demand for codifying in law a right to engage in actions formerly regarded as debased or criminal. Finally comes a demand to punish any and all who persist in their public conduct or their private business in defying the new moral order. 
And so it goes with revolutions. On the assumption of power, revolutionaries become more intolerant than those they dispossessed. 
The French Revolution was many times more terrible than the Bourbon monarchy. The Russian Revolution made the Romanovs look benign. Fidel Castro’s criminality exceeded anything dreamt of by Fulgencio Batista. 
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The GOP simply cannot stand up to media denunciations as intolerant bigots, especially if the corporations upon which they depend threaten economic reprisals. 
With the Democratic Party irretrievably lost, and the Republican Party moving to neutrality in the culture wars, traditionalists should probably take comfort in the counsel, “Put not your trust in princes.” 
When that father and daughter at Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., said their religious beliefs forbade them from catering a same-sex wedding, they were subjected to a hailstorm of hate, but were also showered with $840,000 from folks who admired their moral courage. 
Religious folks who do not believe in collaborating with what they think is wrong should go forth and do likewise. 
Courage as well as cowardice is contagious.
Reminds me of  Alexander Pope's comment:
“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”

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