Some, responding elsewhere to my “Stand with Crystal Dixon” post, below, are claiming that I’ve cast her case as part of the presumably fictional, overwrought, and paranoid “war against Christianity,” and that I’m attempting to drum up hysteria against the imposition of “secular humanism.”
People who read without preconceptions what I actually wrote will notice that I’ve done nothing of the kind, and that, in fact, I’ve expressly said that the specific content of Ms. Dixon’s opinion is essentially irrelevant to my concerns.
My worry is rooted in my support of the First Amendment — but not merely the portion of the First Amendment that guarantees the “free exercise” of religion (which I do indeed take to apply even to employees of public universities when they’re acting as private citizens). No, primarily I’m concerned about “the freedom of speech,” which the authors of the First Amendment seemed to believe should not be lightly “abridged.”
Liberty is a big deal with me. I’m weird that way.