March 2nd, 2005


Theological Notebook--10 Commandments Court Case

In the article the Associated Press has posted today regarding the Supreme Court's hearing a case about 10 Commandments displays on governmental ground (a case I'll watch with interest, especially now that I'm doing one of my doctoral exam questions on "religious discourse in the public sphere"), one small bit put a smile on my face. It seems to me reporters tend to dig around for the same "man in the street" observations every time on certain types of articles, in order to represent "the diversity of opinion" (in the same way) every time such a story is printed. This is one of those situations, and I almost always read someone making the same inane comment:
"I don't think government should be in the business of morality," said David Condo, 40, of Beltsville, Md., as protesters wrapped in parkas, scarves and ear muffs marched nearby. "I'd rather brave the elements on a cold morning than start on a slippery slope to theocracy."

As though all law isn't a government being "in the business of morality!"

I also have to love raising the dangers of theocracy in America. I have a better chance of catching a meteor in my teeth than this happening, as even the old-timey Protestant cultural hegemony in 18-20th century America never came close to theocracy, but why quibble over the details?
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