Robert Reich keeps calling for a war on evangelicals. Does he really mean it?
Writing for the liberal magazine The American Prospect, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich calls for a war against conservative religious believers. "The great conflict of the 21st century will not be between the West and terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic, not a belief," he writes.
The true battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernists; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe their allegiance and identity to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is mere preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe in science, reason, and logic and those who believe that truth is revealed through Scripture and religious dogma. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism itself is not the greatest danger we face.
That's a remarkable comment, but even more remarkable is that Reich has been calling foror at least predictingthis war for a long time. In the past, his use of war language has seemed rhetorical and metaphoricbut was it?. "The outcome of the 2004 presidential election will depend partly on what happens between now and Election Day in Iraq and to the U.S. economy. But it will also turn on the religious warsfueled by evangelical Protestants, the ground troops of the Republican Party," he wrote in December.
Democrats can hold their own in these warsif they respond vigorously to the coming assault. Democrats should call all this for what it isa clear and present danger to religious liberty in America. For more than three hundred years, ...1
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