I want to thank David E. Bernstein, Wilfred McClay, and Peter Berkowitz for their kind words and thoughtful responses to my essay. In effect, all three suggest that, for American liberals and progressives, anti-discrimination is becoming nothing short of a religion, albeit one that denies it. More: it is becoming an established religion—a “secular theocracy,” in McClay’s words—and an official doctrine enforced by government.
As America Grows Less Religious, Can the Tocqueville Model Still Work?
That is: can the separation of church and state function for an increasingly unchurched people whose secular passions rely on the exercise of state power?