John Holbo: 'This seems true and important https://twitter.com/jholbo1/status/1210400656139243522: Kevin Drum: "White evangelicals are terrified that liberals want to extinguish their rights" https://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/12/white-evangelicals-are-terrified-that-liberals-want-to-extinguish-their-rights/. I would add one thing. One thing that makes it hard to meet these terrified Christian cons halfway is that one thing that has freaked them out is the degree to which the public culture has converged on the position that tolerating gay people is morally absolutely good. So being on the other side of the tolerance question is just to be a morally bad person. Intolerable! Some conservative Christians (e.g. Dreher) find this sort of heaped opprobrium oppressive. I'm sure it's uncomfortable. But you can't demand those who believe it's just bad to be intolerant of gays not to believe that. They have arguments! So the 'religious liberty' ask is incredibly high-bar. 'I can believe what I like and no one is allowed to believe that whatever I believe is a bad belief. But, if I believe you or your belief is bad I get to be half-believed about it, because religion.' This sort of high epistemological privilege simply can't be accommodated. It's too aggressive. But, not realising how much they are asking for, the cons feel aggressed against...


#noted #2019-12-27

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