We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Why do people who think like Rowan Williams (and there are lots of them) get it wrong every time? Stumbling and Mumbling explains it. One quote:
In sayingthat the UK's adoption of part of Sharia law is inevitable, I suspect the Archbishop of Canterbury is making the same mistake he made in calling for laws against "cruel speech." He's failing to see that there should be a (big) space between individuals and the law, a space filled by civil society. In a free society, consenting adults should be able to settle disputes however they like; this might entail recourse to a coin toss, Sharia, Beth din or whatever. The job of UK law is merely to ensure that consent is free, informed and not too onerous. This means that Sharia shouldn't and needn't be part of English law, but merely of civil society. Similarly, the task of restraining cruel and thoughtless speech - insofar as this is necessary - should fall to civil society, not the law. Whatever the response to hatemongers like David Irving should be - protest, debate, ignoring him - it should not be the law. Dr Williams, then, is failing to see that some things - many things - shouldn't be done by the law, but by free people.
Read the whole short thing linked above. I think Archbishop Moonbat may have really screwed the pooch this time. Insty has more reactions.
Picked a jury the other day. At least half my middle-class, straight-laced "conservative" veniremen told me that rights came "from" the constitution, or from government. If they ever read the Declaration of Independence, it's been 40 years, and no doubt "explained" to them by a schoolmarm who wouldn't fight anyone for anything.