Pluralism has become the central uniting factor in much of our society, yet I wonder if many people have considered its implications. If pluralism truly means ALL views are welcome to the table, is that the best means of securing freedom and tolerance? And if not "all", what authority do we appeal to for the boundary?
The scriptural readings prescribed this week are largely about special separateness. Specifically, the prescribed portion from the Torah and the accompanying selection from the prophet Ezekiel are very much about the Priests and Levites, the clan within the ancient people of Israel set apart for holy service in the sanctuary of God.
For all his posturing as a champion of the Constitution and of religious liberty, Cruz, like the Christian-nation advocates who are backing his campaign, is actually undermining core American principles with his campaign rhetoric, which disdains the religious pluralism that is both a reflection of our religious freedom and a defining characteristic of the American ideal.