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Chapter 6

We are not here to help you feel better about your self


1.     Whenever politics crosses over into identity issues people try and get reassurance that the image they have of them selves is correct

a.     Race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and the biggest of all, language

2.     Once ‘who I am’ is part of the subject we can’t compromise

a.     Archibishop Chaput can not be asked to look at the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church from the other side of the issue

3.     The system is so vulnerable to these types of divisions, the kind that made democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan impossible, so any kind of political action on these issues must be substantive

a.     Gay marriage advocates, for example will explicitly state that a contract that provides the same benefits without the name makes them feel like second class citizens

                   o   The real goal is to expose their opponents as evil

                   o   Their opponents understand this and the only substantive result from the whole thing is an electorate that has deeper internal political divisions

                   o   If your political opponents are evil then compromising with them is evil as well

b.     Anti abortion advocates will argue that failing to outlaw the procedure gives it legitimacy as being ok and this undermines their ability to raise their children as Christians

                   o   Failing to make abortion illegal must be seen as anything but granting legitimacy

                   o   It is a recognition of the weakness of our democratic system and the deep divisions that prosecuting secular people for having a medical procedure on their own body would cause.

                   o   We sacrifice using democratic institutions for religious purposes but we are guaranteed the right to change hearts in the first and most important amendments

                   o   The archbishop argues that, based on abortion, religious views are being driven out of the public square in the name of separation of church and state by ‘radical secularists’

1.     This is likely true and what the radical secularists are doing is wrong.  The view of Christians, formed by their faith, must be allowed in the public square

2.     All the separation of church and state demands is a lack of certainty in political affairs