This contempt is on display when Wills asks, ?Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?? That is, people who disagree with him on same-sex ?marriage? and abortion are more than wrong?they?re deficient in what he calls ?Enlightenment values,? like ?critical intelligence,? ?a regard for the secular sciences,? and, of course, ?tolerance.?
You see, despite their professed devotion to democracy, the words of Wills and others betray a preference for oligarchy, rule by a like-minded few. For all of the talk about ?pluralism,? they will only tolerate different points-of-view if theirs are the only views that matter. Rather than be governed by those they consider their ?inferiors,? they threaten to move or even secede from the
As I said, it?s mostly talk, but the kind of talk you ought to keep in mind the next time you hear Christians being called ?intolerant.? After all, we are not the ones calling real estate agents, yelling ?¿Habla Ingles?? into the telephone.
For further reading and information:
Gary Wills, ? The Day the Enlightenment Went Out ,? New York Times,
Sarah Anderson, ? Ten Reasons Not to Move to Canada ,? Common Dreams,
?The great New York Times freak out ,? Get Religion,
Steve Rubenstein, ? Inquiries up from anti-Bush Americans seeking to leave U.S. ,? San Francisco Chronicle,
Sean Salai, ? Kerry supporters seek therapy in South Florida ,? Boca Raton News,
Andrea Elliott, ? The Political Conversion of New York?s Evangelicals ,? New York Times,
?What Do Americans Have in Common? ? Talk of the Nation, NPR,
Erin Curry, ? Hispanic Democratic group in Fla. rejects Kerry endorsement, citing moral issues ,? BP News,
Roberto Rivera, ? Terminally Quaint: When Obscure Spirituality Demands Nothing ,? BreakPoint Online,