By Kevin Seamus Hasson
We name it the "culture war." it is a working feud over spiritual range that is prone to erupt at any time, in the middle of every little thing from judicial confirmations to college board conferences. One part calls for that basically their real faith be allowed in public; the opposite insists that no religions ever belong there. because the facets slug it out, the stakes are emerging. An ever-growing collection of faiths insist on an ever-wider number of truths. How will we probably all stay jointly and maintain either the peace and our integrity (not to say our sanity)? How do we finish the warfare with no surrendering our ideas? the correct TO BE improper explains how. It skewers either extremes, which it dubs the "Pilgrims" and the "Park Rangers." Pilgrims get their identify from the Plymouth Colony folks who banned Christmas simply weeks after celebrating their first Thanksgiving. Pilgrims are looking to outlaw variety via stating their faith the authentic one. the reality, they are saying, licenses them to limit others' freedom. the other severe offers with range by means of attempting to force it underground, taking away spiritual expression from public existence altogether. The "Park Rangers" are named after the bureaucrats in a too-good-to-be-true tale approximately New Agers, a public park and a undeniable sacred parking barrier. they are saying freedom calls for them to banish different people's truths. definitely the right TO BE improper deals an answer that avoids either pitfalls. It attracts its classes from a sequence of news —some previous, others fresh, a few humorous, others no longer. They inform of heroes and scoundrels, of riots, rabbis and reverends, Founders and flakes, from the colonial interval to the current. The booklet concludes that freedom for we all is assured via the reality approximately every one folks: Our universal humanity entitles us to freedom — inside of large limits — to keep on with what we think to be real as our consciences say we needs to, no matter if our consciences are improper. hence, we will be able to recognize others' freedom whilst we are convinced they're improper. honestly, they've got definitely the right to be incorrect.
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We may have to put up with different religions, and even with their cultural efforts, Park Rangers say, but wouldn’t it all be more peaceful if we just kept a lid on all this competing proselytism? Sure, say the Pilgrims, provided that you restrict only the false religions. How to answer them? Reflecting on the colonial dissidents and their feistiness helps us see. We’ll look at the issue from both sides. We’ll consider how well repressing dissidents really works (and why), and we’ll touch on the ethics of proselytism, as we begin to inquire into a more fundamental question: Where 29 30 The Right to Be Wrong does the freedom to preach—and freedom of religion in general—come from in the first place?
Turning the Other Cheek…and the Other Cheek…and… While the oath saga was unfolding, a similar story was playing itself out over compulsory military service. Military service was literally a life–and-death matter to the colonies. That was all the more true since no colony had a standing army. Instead, each depended entirely on a citizen militia—the military equivalent of a volunteer fire department—that included every able-bodied adult male. Local skirmishes were not uncommon and in small towns with modest populations, even a few pacifists refusing to fight could make a significant difference.
What to do with such people? Most colonies began to seize their property—even though it was often worth much more than the fines that the seizures were supposed to cover. The Quakers, though, were immovable. Losing their property or even going to jail was certainly unpleasant, but it didn’t change what their consciences required. Something was going to have to give. The Quakers got their first big break in 1775, when they persuaded the Continental Congress to exempt religious CO’s from service (though the exemption was not always observed Heavens No, We Won’t Go 51 in practice—one North Carolina Quaker was even whipped with a cat-o’-nine-tails for refusal to serve).
The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America by Kevin Seamus Hasson