Knee Jerk Secularism
Last week in The Huffington Post, James Robison and I observed that Judeo-Christian ideas contributed to the American Experiment. Historically, this is hardly a controversial argument. We didn't say that America is a "Christian nation." And it's not a partisan claim--we end the piece with a 2006 quote from then-Senator Barack Obama.
Nevertheless, within about twenty four hours, there were almost five hundred comments on our piece. They're worth perusing. A few defend our basic claim, but most are critical--hysterically so. Of these, most claim to represent sweet reason. And yet there's no shortage of non sequiturs, religious insults, ad hominems, demonstrably false myths about the founders, metaphysical panics, and historical cliches.
It is just this sort of knee-jerk secularism that inspired us to write the piece. It's nice to have so many examples to establish our point.