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The Trouble with Multiculturism

RockinRickOwen Wrote: Jun 21, 2012 9:14 PM
While the idea of liberty as our founding fathers believed did indeed exist prior to Christianity, it was Christianity that carried it down to them. Further, it must be remembered that Hobbes, Berkeley and Hume (and Paine, for his part) did a lot of damage to the ideas of virtue and the meaning of man, and therefore liberty.
nawlins72 Wrote: Jun 21, 2012 9:30 PM
The problem with this style of argument is that "Christianity" and "Enlightenment" are presented as these monolithic entities containing members of unified mind. No such groups existed. There were many Christians who damaged the concept of liberty, as there were many that promoted the concept of liberty. The same can be said for the Enlightenment thinkers.

Back in the day, when I was a newspaper columnist in Denver, representatives of the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League paid a visit. Over coffee, they told the opinion editor and me that they had a program, “A World of Difference,” that “celebrates America’s diversity.” They asked for our editorial support. The editor and I had the same reaction: Would it not be better to celebrate all the things we have in common, all the things that unite Americans of whatever ethnic or religious backgrounds? Our friends left the meeting mightily miffed.

At the time, I viewed such initiatives...