Ramesh Ponnuru on the Relentlessly Stupid Timothy Egan New York Times Op-Ed


For National Review OnlineRamesh Ponnuru writes:

A relentlessly stupid New York Times op-ed (“Faith-Based Fanatics”) by Timothy Egan ends thus:

In the United States, God is on the currency. By brilliant design, though, he is not mentioned in the Constitution. The founders were explicit: This country would never formally align God with one political party, or allow someone to use religion to ignore civil laws. At least that was the intent. In this summer of the violent God, five justices on the Supreme Court seem to feel otherwise.

Egan packs a lot of misunderstandings into a few words. The founders were not “explicit” about either of the propositions Egan claims they were; neither proposition follows from the fact that the Constitution does not mention God; even if either did, it would be implicit rather than explicit; and the justices did not “formally align God with one political party.”

Most liberal commentators on Hobby Lobby and related controversies have accepted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or even embraced it…(read more)

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