Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lawrence M. Krauss Raises a Very Good Question

From (here):
Why must it be a natural expectation that any such national tragedy will be accompanied by prayers, including from the president, to at least one version of the very God, who apparently in his infinite wisdom, decided to call 20 children between the age of 6 and 7 home by having them slaughtered by a deranged gunman in a school that one hopes should have been a place or nourishment, warmth and growth? ....
Let me be clear that there may be many grieving families in Newtown and around the country who have turned to their faith for solace in this difficult time. No caring person would begrudge them this right to ease their pain. But the question that needs to be asked is why, as a nation, do we have to institutionalize the notion that religion must play a central role at such times, with the president as the clergyman-in-chief?
The answer to Krauss's question is, of course, that the president would have been politically excoriated, if  not impeached, had he failed to include a large dose of supposedly comforting god-talk in his otherwise commendable memorial comments. Jefferson's imaginary wall between church and state has always been more porous than solid. At least the president did not favor one religion over another in his comments, although he did implicitly rule out non-monotheistic religions, as well as athiests, like me, who are simply beyond the political pale.

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