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May 05, 2005

A Debate I'd Been Hoping To Avoid

Well, the religious and irreligious wings of the conservative movement are now openly fuming at each other. Outside the Beltway has a round-up of columns by Hitchens, Will, and (most spot-on) James Taranto, who probably has a pleasant speaking voice.

Taranto and Outside the Beltway nail it, together: It's one thing to disagree with religious conservatives. It's enough thing entirely to claim that they have no right to believe the things you disagree with in the first place, just because those beliefs are religiously-motivated.

All of us have various factors that determine our political beliefs -- sex, race, sexuality, spirituality/materialism, etc. I find it rather absurd to claim as much as the left does -- and increasingly, much of the right -- that the fact that someone might have political beliefs shaped in part by Christian devotion means they are acting improperly by expressing those beliefs at all.

This seems to be an attempt to simply win a debate by insisting the opposite side not even engage in it.

Via InDC Journal, who links Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast video, before it winds up having the "666" references digitially corrected to "616" and double-necked guitars replaced with walkie-talkies.

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