As I’ve mentioned before, I’m spending spare moments reading through “What’s God Got To Do With It?”, a collection of essays by the 19th century lecturer Robert Ingersoll. I was struck today by the following passage, from an 1890 lecture: A constitution is the chain
Until the Orange County Public Schools either allows all points of view about religion to have equal access to high school students or institutes a ban for the distribution of materials about religion in high schools by outside groups, students in the Orlando area will be receiving a remarkable lesson in hypocrisy.
As Robert Ingersoll once pointed out, “blasphemy” is a concept invented by priests to preserve ideas that can’t stand scrutiny on their own. To blaspheme, to tread upon the sacrosanct, is part of the regular maintenance plan of a free society, just like a stretch