Religion as beneficial to the public welfare
davideguinn at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 16 13:04:36 PDT 2001
--- Marci Hamilton <Hamilton02 at AOL.COM> wrote:
> Whatever one thinks about originalism, common sense
> tells us that religious
> organizations operate sometimes to the good and
> sometimes to the bad.
> Madison was on the mark.
> Marci Hamilton
I agree. Madison considered religion one (but only
one) source of faction. However, his response was to
encourage its diverse development so that one religion
never became dominant. In this sense, diverse
religion serves the public good of diluting
monopolistic faction. Second, the reality that
religion is a human institution (both good and bad) is
the reason that religion should be considered a
presumptive good, subject to rebuttal.
David E. Guinn, JD, PhD
5032 N. Glenwood Ave. #3
Chicago, IL 60640
email: davideguinn at yahoo.com
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