Thursday, April 26, 2007

Reasoning vs. venting

Over on the First Things blog Observations & Contentions, Robert T. Miller, with whom I have had a few disagreements, comments on the latest proof that, to paraphrase Philip Jenkins, anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice in our society. The object of Miller's critique is the cartoon above, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer last Friday and drawn by Tony Auth.

Fortunately, Mr. Miller leaves "aside the anti-Catholic slur in Mr. Auth’s cartoon because I find more worthy of attention the way in which he attempts to make his point. Faced with a serious disagreement about a matter of public concern, Mr. Auth makes no arguments on the point in dispute. Rather, he says, in effect, that the people who disagree with his view are doing so because of an unjust desire to impose the peculiar norms of their religion on others."

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