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Wandering in Babylon

May 25, 2014 - Harry Eagar
I was asked by someone I know well to watch this address from the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. I did.

I have said before that I got tired, living in Tennessee, of having strangers tell me I was immoral because I didn't believe in their religion. This guy is one of those; according to him, I am living a life of Babylonian sin.

And he -- his name is Robert George, and he is a rich, tenured professor at Princeton who has been appointed to several presidential commissions -- complains how tough it is to believe in his religion because we Babylonians have retarded him in his career, and exiled him socially for his faith.

You know what's really tough about being a Catholic, Professor George? Being an altar boy with a cute butt.


Article Comments



May-29-14 2:02 PM

It would be more persuasive if you provided some examples of places with good road nets but small government.


May-28-14 10:29 PM

Harry it takes faith to believe that without the government there would be no roads, just as it takes faith to believe that without God there would be no morality.


May-26-14 1:32 PM

Not for what they believe but for what they do, or, more often, don't do.

There's a difference between, say, investing in a transportation network and believing that a Big Spook will judge what you do after you are dead and punish you for, say, getting a divorce.


May-25-14 9:14 PM

I think you basically do the same thing to people who don't share your beliefs -- statism. Your views are largely indistinguishable from any other religion out there. You chastise government skeptics and constantly question their morality. If somebody doesn't agree with government providing a particular service, you automatically assume that they are opposed to that service being provided at all (ex: helping the poor, building roads, etc.).

I don't see how that is substantially different from when people tell you that you can't have morality without religion. You don't believe that morality comes from religion, I don't believe that morality comes from the government. You are an atheist to God, I am an atheist to the state. I think we share a common healthy skepticism, but we apply it differently.

The logic is identical. You believe people would still act morally and do things like help the poor without religion. I think people could still be moral without the state.


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