We see with the case of the Child Evangelism Fellowship that religion helps children to gain a sense of purpose in their lives – and to force that sense of purpose on other children.
Yesterday, huge numbers of students marched on the California state capitol in an Occupy Education protest, asking for an end to tuition increases. They were met by police in riot gear. 68 of the protesters were hauled off to jail.
Democrats have been gutless cowards refusing to stand against torture, but Republicans have been the cheerleaders of torture. That’s not the difference I would like to see, but it is a difference, and it’s enough of a distinction that I can’t ignore it.