Describing an arc

First, William Barr gives a fairly anodyne speech at Notre Dame Law School on the tried-and-true theme (as far back as the Framers) that our free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people …” and pundits (Paul Krugman for instance) lost it — in condemnation or in praise (the speech really was nothing special).

Now Mike Pompeo gives a speech about being a Christian leader to a group of Christian counselors and is met with criticism that it potentially violates the principle of separation of church and state enshrined in the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.” I care neither for Pompeo’s evangelical Presbyterianism nor his foreign policy, but the objection is more anodyne than Barr’s speech and approximately a tenth as intelligent.

No. A Christian official talking about his faith does not establish a religion. Period. Full stop. I do find it curious, though, that godless Trump’s inner circle is out touting Christianity at this fraught juncture.

As I recall, you need three points to define an arc. Will there be a third?

October 16, 2019

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