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December 13, 2005

Separation of Sex and State

It's a point so obvious even I've made it ad nauseum. Still, it's a good point, and it's good to keep asking the question until we finally get an answer that's a bit more logically rigorous than "just because."

After comparing the elites' l"libertarian consensus" that just about anything of a sexual nature is permitted in the public square, whereas even mentioning Christmas is considered uncooth bordering on offensive, Carol Platt Liebau wonders:

All these measures spring from a laudable aversion to giving offense, and the impulse that prompts them is a tribute to the nation's history of religious tolerance. But nonbelievers or non-Christians are not being forced to celebrate Christmas (much less profess belief in Jesus' divinity).

So it's worth wondering: In a nation founded on religious principles, why should spiritual messages be tailored to the sensitivities of nonbelievers, while sexual messages are not similarly constrained for the sensibilities of traditionalists?

If there's a standard for deciding what content is appropriate for the public square, surely it should be uniformly applied. At the very least, we should rethink a status quo that presumes religious messages will elicit the kind of indignation once reserved for the crude sexual messages that pass without comment (or censure) today.

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posted by Ace at 01:51 PM

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