All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. -- 14th Amendment, Section 1
To discuss the subject of US citizenship is to re-enact the iconic role of Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner: you dash along confidently in pursuit of the subject, only to suddenly be seized with the eerie sensation that you are standing on … nothing. The dust clears. You reach down to touch the
OK … I’ll let you take one more bite of your burger or hot dog, one more swig of beer, let some of the smoke from the barbecue grill dissipate, let the kids volley the badminton bird one more time, and give you a chance to hitch up your shorts and to belch so your gastric noises won’t drown out the announcement I’m about to make … ready? … OK … listen up … We are in the process of losing the American Revolution. I say “in the process” in a spasm of uncharacteristic optimism – very painful for a cynic like me -- because it may not be quite a done deal yet. It may still be in process. But we may … I said may … have already lost it. Oh … to be sure and so there’s no misunderstanding … we won the Revolutionary War. (Granted, with some help from people like the Marquis de LaFayette and the Fren
Once in a while I encounter a book or an article that is a perfect summarization of the issues I have with conservative evangelicalism in general, and with regard to same-sex marriage in particular. The latest example of this is Damon Linker’s article in the 18 May 2015 issue of the conservative religious publication The Week. Mr. Linker’s text illustrates an enduring syndrome in the politics of religious conservatives, specifically conservative evangelical Christians: how the religious right is in many ways at radical variance with the fundamental principles of the Nation for which it otherwise professes such affection.
As I read it, Mr. Linker’s argument is that while conservative evangelicals’ optimism and faith in “majoritarianism” were amply justified during the heyday of Jerry Falwe