I am always amused when I read hyperbolic statements like David Limbaugh’s April 27 classic declarative opener: “The left’s tyrannical suppression of opposing views...” smack dab on the op-ed page of a local newspaper with a pretty fair circulation.
Furthermore, statements like “In our leftist dominated culture ...” seem particularly ridiculous as three clearly conservative movies are in the top five at the box office, and the arbiter of culture, the Supreme Court, is firmly in the hands of the Right.
Getting past the rhetoric is hard, but his message seems to be that those who are not religious should not be imposing their views on the righteous. Which, of course, is exactly what the religious right would like to do, but that’s another argument.
Religion, is at best, a guess. That is precisely why faith is the foundation of Christian churches. Sure, in your heart, you can “know” the truth, but your truth will be different from that of your Presbyterian friends, and your Catholic friends, and your Methodist friends, not to mention your Jewish friends, or those adhering to Eastern faiths (note the word faith). That is why, to live in a society that wants to prosper and excel, religion needs to be kept personal.
The tradition in the United States has been that you can believe what you want as long as you don’t trample other people in the process. Limbaugh, however, suggests that a small business owners can chose to refuse service to folks of non-traditional marriages, in much the same way that they refused service to blacks 50 years ago. Really?
I would suggest that to be angry and hateful, like Limbaugh, is to tear at the fabric of democracy. And, I dare say, the real heart of religion.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.