Freedom of Religion & The Magician’s Nephew

Religious Freedom is under attack today in ways that would hardly be imaginable just 10 years ago. Of course no one is going to say that they don’t believe in the freedom of religion. Rather, attacks against the first amendment come camouflaged in conversations about equality regardless of sexual orientation, reproductive rights, etc. Not surprisingly, the platform for these arguments is none other President Obama’s White House.

All of this reminds me of a conversation between Digory and his uncle in CS Lewis’ The Magicians Nephew. Digory’s uncle has just cast a little girl (Polly) into another world with no regard for her safety at all. When Digory protests to this “rotten” deed, his uncle responds with these words:

“Rotten?” said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. “Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I’m sure, and I’m very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys – and servants – and women – and even people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy is a high and lonely destiny.

As he said this he sighed and looked so grave and noble and mysterious that for a second Digory really thought he was saying something rather fine. But then he remembered the ugly look he had seen on his Uncle’s face the moment before Polly had vanished: and all at once he saw through Uncle Andrew’s grand words. “All it means,” he said to himself, “is that he thinks he can do anything he like to get anything he wants.” [emphasis mine]

All of the fine arguments that the president and the left are making today are nothing more than an attempt to “do anything he likes to get anything he wants” regardless of the first amendment.

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July 21 2014 08:23 am | Blog

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