I know. I know. It’s not, strictly speaking, a “Muslim ban.” I don’t use that term myself; I’m merely quoting the title of the article. So please don’t waste electrons informing me that it’s not actually a “Muslim ban.” To quote what I myself just said a very short while ago, “I know. I know.”
I don’t agree with everything this fellow says. I’m a conservative; he’s a liberal. But his accumulation of authentic quotations from Mr. Donald J. Trump — quotations that have seriously and understandably hurt his attempts at imposing certain restrictions on emigration — is worthy of review:
I am, it turns out, an ardent advocate of freedom. My commitment to liberty for myself and for others is bone-deep. I came to it originally for secular reasons. But, happily, both my faith and the church that embodies my faith hold to freedom as a fundamental principle. Not an odd-on. Something basic to our theology and, we believe, foundational (via the decisions of a heavenly council before the world was) to the very purposes of creation and mortality.
In that light, this article, by one of the most interesting of the new crop of Latter-day Saint historians, is very much worth reading:
The case of Kelvin Cochran, in Atlanta, is — so far as I can see — a plain violation of the freedom of religion and, in fact, an example of encroaching wannabe tyranny:
This article (from The Atlantic) doesn’t mention the use of zoning laws to block the construction of Latter-day Saint temples and meetinghouses, but I would expect that several readers out there can think of cases where precisely that has happened:
Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey (whom I always found curiously slimy and repellent) and Judge Roy Moore and Al Franken and . . .
In a blog entry broadly aimed at political issues, this item may also fit:
There has been a great deal of much-deserved ridicule aimed at the fact that the proposed Senate tax-reform bills would eliminate mortgage deductions but would allow owners of private jets to deduct their expenses. So it’s worth knowing that
It will, I think, not survive. And, off hand, I can think of no reason why it should survive.
Posted from Chicago, Illinois