Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Insiders and Outsiders

The battle over posting the Ten Commandments in public spaces, which is really a battle over separation of church and state, is between insiders and outsiders writes Peter Irons, author of God on Trial: Dispatches From America's Religious Battlefields in a USAToday opinion piece.

Insiders, "those with deep family roots in the community, [who] belong to its dominant religious group and political party, and play active roles in civic affairs... get upset when outsiders challenge the symbols that reflect the majority's beliefs and values."

Oh, do they get upset.


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