The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion by Kevin Seamus Hasson

By Kevin Seamus Hasson

We name it the "culture war." it is a working feud over spiritual variety that is vulnerable to erupt at any time, in the course of every thing from judicial confirmations to varsity board conferences. One part calls for that in simple terms their real faith be allowed in public; the opposite insists that no religions ever belong there. because the aspects slug it out, the stakes are emerging. An ever-growing collection of faiths insist on an ever-wider number of truths. How will we almost certainly all stay jointly and hold either the peace and our integrity (not to say our sanity)? How do we finish the conflict with out surrendering our ideas? the best TO BE incorrect explains how. It skewers either extremes, which it dubs the "Pilgrims" and the "Park Rangers." Pilgrims get their identify from the Plymouth Colony people who banned Christmas simply weeks after celebrating their first Thanksgiving. Pilgrims are looking to outlaw range through pointing out their faith the respectable one. the reality, they are saying, licenses them to limit others' freedom. the other severe offers with range by way of attempting to force it underground, taking away non secular expression from public existence altogether. The "Park Rangers" are named after the bureaucrats in a too-good-to-be-true tale approximately New Agers, a public park and a undeniable sacred parking barrier. they are saying freedom calls for them to banish different people's truths. the precise TO BE incorrect deals an answer that avoids either pitfalls. It attracts its classes from a sequence of news —some previous, others contemporary, a few humorous, others now not. They inform of heroes and scoundrels, of riots, rabbis and reverends, Founders and flakes, from the colonial interval to the current. The publication concludes that freedom for we all is assured by means of the reality approximately each one people: Our universal humanity entitles us to freedom — inside vast limits — to persist with what we think to be actual as our consciences say we needs to, whether our consciences are fallacious. hence, we will appreciate others' freedom whilst we are yes they're unsuitable. truthfully, they've got the best to be incorrect.

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It is instructive to note how Anne Hutchinson was convicted. Trying Again to Banish Dissent Hutchinson’s trial began with “the court” (read: “Governor Winthrop”) demanding to know whether she “countenanced” the “seditious practices” of her followers who were agitating What about Proselytizing? 37 the colony. She answered this question with a telling question of her own: were they examining her on a “point of conscience”? ” In other words, she could think whatever she wanted; she just couldn’t tell anybody.

Why? Because it’s divisive. City officials in Mishawaka, Indiana, are a good example. They prohibited a resident from placing a sign with a religious message on his front lawn. Never mind that he and his neighbors had been putting up political signs in their yards for years; religion was presumably more divisive than politics. And, in fairness, sometimes it has been. So has sex. And ethnicity. And all the other deeply human attachments that are so What about Proselytizing? 39 close to the core of who we are.

Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson were both off in exile in Rhode Island, and the Puritans even had hopes that they could pressure that whole scandalous settlement into folding. At last things seemed to be settling down. Then the Quakers appeared on the horizon. And the Bay Colony began to contemplate a different sort of dissident—one determined to speak the truth to it no matter what. Faced with this prospect, the Puritans soon lost what little patience they had ever had for heretics. In fact, they began to grow positively cruel.

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