Letter to the Editor

Cultural divide

San Luis ObispoJuly 17, 2014 

Quite rare are there better examples of the divide in our cultural affairs than were printed in these pages on June 12.

Jim Killian offered a succinct description of the Hobby Lobby ruling, scolding a previous writer for her misrepresentation of the case and her noxious comparison of the Supreme Court to ISIL and the Taliban. He concluded with a request of those who find themselves in an unwanted maternal state — do not ask the rest of us to pay for that decision.

Maisie Egger quoted Robert A. Heinlein — his perceptive “truism” that religions and cults will push into law their respective beliefs if given power — to emphasize her disdain for the court’s decision. How ironic she chose Heinlein to make her point.

Religion is defined as “a cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” Today’s left is much less a political party than it is a religion or cult, with all manner of dogma grounded in faith rather than empirical evidence or experience. It does not hesitate to use the coercive power of government to attain its goals. Heinlein nailed it!

Heinlein also said, “I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” Obviously, he was not a progressive.

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