The faith wars

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“Be­hind the po­lit­i­cal di­vide in Amer­ica, there is also a re­li­gious di­vide. The split is not just be­tween peo­ple who be­lieve and peo­ple who do not; it is be­tween those who see re­li­gious faith as so­ci­ety’s foun­da­tion and those who see it as so­ci­ety’s bane. [. . .] In the most re­cent vol­ley in the faith wars, Bri­tish pop star El­ton John has said that if it were up to him, he would ‘ban re­li­gion com­pletely’ be­cause it pro­motes anti-gay big­otry and hate. [. . .]

“Each side in the faith wars is an­gry and afraid. Sec­u­lar­ists see a creep­ing theoc­racy in at­tempts to out­law same-sex unions, abor­tion, and stem cell re­search and to pro­mote gov­ern­ment fund­ing for faith-based char­i­ties. Be­liev­ers see as­saults on their val­ues ev­ery­where from ed­u­ca­tion to television and movies. [. . .] Re­li­gious Amer­i­cans feel, also with some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, that they are held in con­tempt by in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural elites. [. . .]

“Un­der th­ese cir­cum­stances, there is lit­tle prospect for di­a­logue or true un­der­stand­ing — only for more shout­ing.”

— Cathy Young, writ­ing on “The re­li­gious di­vide,” Nov. 22 in the Bos­ton Globe

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