I am generally inclined to forgiveness, even in the case of that student: but only if it is crystal clear that this sort of behaviour is not remotely acceptable. I'm fine to say that he should be forgiven, this time; but only if we are agreed that what he did was deserving of the highest censure and, yes, even of dismissal from college grounds. Forgiveness does
require an admission of guilt; and I find it disheartening that the "religious freedom" card is used to justifying stealing and desecrating the holy items of a religion
There are Catholics who say that the notion of "secular state" is nonsense and just a fancy buzzword for atheists to push their agenda; and that ultimately, the notion of "non-confessional state" is meaningless. I think that they are wrong, deeply wrong; following Erasmus of Rotterdam, one of my personal heroes, I believe that everything can be discussed with politeness and toleration for opposing viewpoints, so that
the truth, which is often lost amidst too much wrangling may be more surely perceived.
I would hate to have to tell these people that they were right, and that ultimately the only alternative is the one between being crusaders and being apostates.
Look, you say that stealing and desecrating the Eucharist is acceptable, we will have to put guards on the entrances of Churches, just as Myers mocked. I don't want that. I positively loathe
Criticize us as much as you want, but hands off
. Is this really too much to ask?
There are other issues that I might discuss; but frankly, I am getting far too heated up on this than it is sensible to be for a forum thread. Better if I step out of it, at least for a while.
edited 16th Jun '12 3:05:57 AM by Carciofus