Friday 2015-08-14: As I understand it, CASA wants illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes to be allowed to stay in this country.
This is evil.
Scaring many Christians into regarding themselves as a persecuted, or dispossessed, minority is neither good for Christianity nor for the country. Similar religious-political ties, cynical in nature, have been used for decades by the BJP party in India, inflaming interreligious strife and fomenting violence.
Ironically, it’s not just evil, it’s short-sighted. Cruz is out first to win the Republican nomination, not the Presidency, and he is counting on such divisive appeals to accomplish the former. It might work, since those who vote in primaries tend to be more extreme in their views, and more hostile toward those who disagree, than the members of either party as a whole. In the race for the general election, however, to win the 53%, Cruz will have to change his tune so drastically as to completely lose credibility. The majority of American voters won’t be fooled; there will be a backlash against his divisiveness.
Related: Cruz’s Constant References to Jesus Drive Millions to Atheism. This piece was meant as “satire” or fake humor, but I don’t think it’s far off the mark.
I have had this in my clippings basket for a while, and want to bring it out lest I forget it.
Note that the headline doesn’t say, “when [they] marry.”
It is a very insightful piece, that I would not have expected to find in thefederalist. I took special interest in this comment:
“Often, mentally ill adults tend to gravitate toward each other due to socio-economic status and behavioral habits, thus increasing the chances that any children will have a genetic predisposition to inherit the parents’ malady.”
I am interested in this “gravitation.”
There must be many factors, including subtle “codes” of body language and mannerisms, that play into folks’ choosing their associates and friends; their being comfortable in one setting and uncomfortable in another.
I have seen for many years that people who prefer squalor, prefer to associate with each other, and will actively flee “nice” neighborhoods. Their gravitation toward each other yields places like Sandtown-Winchester and Barclay. And, to some extent, the atmosphere I encounter at McDonald’s, though I remain convinced there’s something about that location that draws “special” people.
What was called “white flight” may not have been so much about race, as about other factors. And though statutorily mandated racial segregation was unquestionably evil, we may need to re-think how essential, or even feasible, de-segregation may be.
Originally posted 2015-08-31.