Tue, 02 Oct 2001 17:42:20 -0500
> but what matters to us as americans is that we honor what they like
> rather than impose what we like. to what degree we decide to honor
> is the debate.
Only to the extent that it does not threaten our own prosperity,
stability, etc. --- our culture, if you will, or at least its
observable effects. Once that happens, the gloves are off. It
doesn't have to be a zero-sum game, but if any party makes it a
zero-sum game, then "we" owe it to ourselves to "win" if we can. If
as some have suggested this is a showdown between some pretty scary
memes --- secular vs. nonsecular gov't, discrimination vs. equality,
tribalism vs. egalitarianism, pluralism vs. monoculture --- then my
argument would be that we have no obligation to honor the desires of
those whose preferred systems threaten ours by their very existance.
If that's the case --- and whether or not that's the case is another
(and IMO more important) part of the debate.