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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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Was Henderson thinking or bloviating?

In Wednesday's Guest Opinion, John Hendrickson quotes Tom Pauken: "our society has been under … lethal assault by … cultural ideologues who have not learned the lessons … history offers about what has happened when men and societies have 'forgotten God.' "

There's a thought to conjure by. Take the Scandinavian countries: They are among the most atheistic and socialistic in the world, yet enjoy among the highest indices of social well-being anywhere.

Come to think of it, what does history teach us about societies that have "remembered God"? Take Spain, among the most religious societies ever: Thousands of "witches" burned alive at the stake, thousands of Indians murdered by Columbus' thugs in the name of Christ using such ingenious methods as cutting off both hands or slow hanging, Europeans "remembering" God as they shoved Jewish bodies into the ovens, and slaughtering one another for 30 years over, inter alia, theological niceties — and so on. Slave-owners in this country could and did quote the Bible.

Henderson is a "research analyst" for a "public interest" think-tank. Is he being paid to think or to bloviate?

Evan Fales
UI associate professor of philosophy


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