Intolerance and Lost Freedom in the U.S.A.
On Friday, George Will wrote about a photographer in New Mexico whom the government penalized thousands of dollars for declining to take pictures at a same-sex commitment ceremony. Meanwhile, a public school in Colorado has confiscated two sets of Rosary beads from a student, with disputed insinuations of gang activity and erroneous counts of the number of prayer beads on it.
Normally, I wouldn’t mention these incidents for two reasons. First, they’ve become a bit too common to penetrate a to-write list in turbulent times, especially when each occurred so far away. Second, the culture wars extend beyond the scope of the Ocean State Current, in most of their manifestations.
It seems to me, though, that the environment in which such things are commonplace helps to explain why this dramatic photograph hasn’t been plastered across news media of all sorts, rightfully becoming a subject of controversy and national soul-searching debate:
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