The First Amendment makes it clear that the government cannot interfere with the practice of any religion, including the ones you may not care for, such as Mormonism, Islam, or moon-goddess worship. Besides, given that both christians and mormons believe in supernatural events, what is the essential difference ? The christians assert that Jesus was born of a virgin and that he rose from the dead, whereas Mormons believe that Joseph Smith met an angel who carried plates inscribed with ancient languages. Equally preposterous.Had the Founders followed Hume or Spinoza--who both denied the alleged supernatural events of the Bible-- they might have banned certain religious denominations (if not all), and we might not be in this predicament of dueling superstitions. However, the secularists such as Jefferson, Franklin (who knew Hume), and Madison were greatly outnumbered by the pious and religious tolerance was implemented. So, rewrite the First Amendment or deal with it.
Humean-Darwinist secularism and materialism should not be considered sacrosanct either--though Hume was quite an eloquent and corpulent villain. I'm quite aware of the danger of religious zealots--but what of non-religious zealots? Recall Hitchens--be sure he's read his Hume-- pleading for "bombs-away" when the Iraq war started. Winnie Churchill was well-steeped in Hume and Darwin. Though it would be difficult to prove, atheism does seem to correlate with nihilism, more often than not. JP II at least had the courage to denounce the BushCo war machine. I don't recall any protestants or jews doing that. Drawing distinctions between faiths may be difficult but they can be drawn--a hysteria-o-meter if you will.
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