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|a conservative Jewish activist told me recently of the ADL's National Director and principal spokesman, "Abe Foxman has a problem with Christianity"—unfortunate in...a country that's over 80% Christian. Foxman's latest foray in political correctness was an attack on Rev. Jerry Falwell when the latter included an "I Vote Christian" sticker in a fundraising mailing. Falwell's sticker is "directly at odds with the American ideal, and should be rejected," Foxman lectured. "Understanding the danger of combining religion and politics, our founding fathers wisely created a political system based on individual merit and religious inclusiveness."|
Which got me to thinking....
If we are a pluralistic nation, as I advocate and the left pretends to support, there is no such thing as "the" American ideal. Every American has his or her own ideal or ideals (religion, politics, ideas), and no one—not even the Anti-Defamation League—can force his "ideal" on anyone else. That's the principle that the First Amendment was written to guarantee for as long as this republic stands.
Foxman's one "American ideal," if ever allowed to prevail in the form that he believes in it, would constitute an establishment of religion, and that's what the left, not the conservative right, is advocating. That religion, of course, is humanist secularism, the same one that failed in Hitler's Reich, Stalin's gulags, and Napoleon's empire.
The joy and genius of our Judeo-Christian pluralism (simple application of the Golden Rule) is that we can make a nation out of that pluralism, as we've been doing for over two centuries, if we act in good will and good nature and are willing, not to compromise principle, but to co-operate on shared aspirations and values. Not that we share all, but we share enough (such as, "life is better than murder," "family is better than children reared by Fagins") to create effective coalitions and continue making human progress.
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