Oh, it’s fascinating for a lot of reasons. I was involved for six years with the Orthodox, learned a lot of theology and solidified in me what “the whole point” of Christianity is supposed to be as a religion. From that vantage point, I can see what other Christian groups do wrong and what they do right in attempting to adhere to a model of “How To Be A Human Well”. I can’t say I believe or even if I did, even at the time. But I dove in as deeply as I could to understand as fully as I could, at least on an intellectual level, and from that I can see its holding power, even when its in fractured form.

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If she is similar to Gorsuch, I can expect a conservative but strict interpretation. While that’s not how I would do things, as long as the line between law and religious dogma is clear in her reasonings and decisions, she’d be qualified, although I wouldn’t be thrilled. “”Dogma and law are two different things,” Feinstein declared. “And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different.” Barrett insisted that she’d abide by all precedent and that her writings on the subject actually explain that Catholic judges who find a conflict between their religious views and a specific case need to step aside from that case. “It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law,” Barrett said during the hearing. “

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I think Valerie and I are on the same page with this. There’s many competing models of how to run a society. Ours is heading in a direction that less and less resembles what America could be (melting pot, middle class, fairness and equity, just and kind) and towards a far more dangerous path towards competing models of societies. How things are right now is how things are right now. But throw a dart 100 yrs into the future. What model of America should reign? Is it this one?

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