Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Reality distortion field

Trump is putting together a truly terrifying (as opposed to terrific) "team". Jeff Sessions is his pick for Attorney General recently revealed why so many secular people in the USA (and around the world) are terrified of what happens next. During his confirmation hearing the following exchange took place between Sessions and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island..

Whitehouse wondered whether Sessions would have a problem with career lawyers “with secular beliefs,” having in the past criticised department attorneys for being secular. Sessions replied that he has used that language about secular attorneys to differentiate between people who recognise objective “truth” and those who take positions “in which truth is not sufficiently respected.”

Whitehouse replied, with a leading, and perhaps slightly conclusory question: “And a secular person has just as good a claim to understanding the truth as a person who is religious, correct?” At which point Sessions responded, “Well, I’m not sure.” For a few seconds the Senate chamber seemed to go completely silent.

Just parse that for a second, what Sessions is essentially saying is that he puts "faith" above "reason" when it comes to determining objective truth; a move that any legal system worth it's salt should be running a mile from. Don't forget, all the word "secular" means is equality for all religions and none when it comes to Government and Law, i.e. one of the basic pillars of the US constitution enshrined in the 1st Amendment (see below),

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I can't see this ending well.

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