Monday, October 22, 2007
Justification of the Day
Religion has a history of saying intolerant things. That's why they're protected. —John Whitehead, president and founder of The Rutherford Institute, as reported in "State Dept. Urged to Shut Saudi School in Fairfax" by Jacqueline L. Salmon and Valerie Strauss
Gee, I always thought it was because they represented the highest aspirations of all mankind.
No, seriously. Whitehead seems to confuse freedom of religion with freedom of speech. The reason that "religion" is protected under the Constitution is to protect one religion from another. If given free rein (or government support), most religions are willing to do a great deal more than talk.
The religion under discussion is Islam and its two Saudi-funded schools in Fairfax County, Virginia. A federal panel ironically named the "U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom" has "urged the State Department to shut down a Saudi government-supported private school in Northern Virginia unless it can prove it is not teaching religious intolerance."
I'm all for it. Let's close every religious academy in the country "unless it can prove it is not teaching religious intolerance." I wonder how many we'll have left.
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