[lit-ideas] Re: Reason and Politics

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 14:16:00 -0400

>>Suppose someone were to aver: 'There is no true freedom of religion in a democracy if there is no freedom to burn heretics and apostates as required by our religion.' What would the proper response be to such a claim?"

And why were Satanists overlooked in Bush's so-called faith-based initiatives? Surely they could have run a soup kitchen between animal sacrifices.

Suppose the answer is that in a liberal democracy, Enlightenment values of maximum happiness overrule the tenets of any particular religion? The highest goal being successful pluralism -- goals subsidiary to that being freedom of religion, speech, usw.

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