I missed last night’s memorial and so did not get to see what more and more people are bringing to my attention. The apparent dismantling of the separation of church and state:
Last night we may have witnessed the 21st Century’s first spiritual gathering in which our political leaders become High Priests too. There were no Jewish rabbis or Catholic and Christian clergy who represented the faiths of those who actually died or were terribly maimed. Instead, the University of Arizona offered up secular political leaders to serve as our spiritual leaders. They were the ones who were there to salve our wounds. They were the ones to quote from the Old and New Testaments, to cite from proverbs, psalms and other scriptures. We witnessed a national secular religious event. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, welcome to the New World of religious secularism. We may be seeing the “new normal” of a religious ethos being born before our very eyes: Government becomes the new church.
… is it possible that we caught a glimpse of the New Spirituality of the 21st Century where government serves as guardians of our spiritual health as well as our physical health? Did we see secular new priests emerge who ready to supplant our traditional Christian-Judaic clergy? And indirectly, did we also get a peek into the culture of our modern universities and of the kind of the values that are being imparted to the next generation?
My guess is that if a Republican administration had been in power and all that co-mingling of church and state had gone on that there would’ve been a huge outcry… but the establishment clause proponents have been completely silent (to my knowledge) on it since it’s largely their own allies who are in power.
Par for the course.
H/T to Larwyn.