Nick Kristof has an otherwise fabulous article in today’s NY Times about the quiet revolt against the ruling mullahs in Iran. Everywhere he goes in the country, Kristof meets Iranians who are weary of Islamic rule. But then, apropos of nothing, he concludes his column with this graf:
There's a useful lesson here for George Bush's America as well as for the ayatollahs' Iran: when a religion is imposed on people, when a government tries too ostentatiously to put itself "under God," the effect is often not to prop up religious faith but to undermine it. Nothing is more lethal to religious faith than having self-righteous, intolerant politicians (who wince at nose studs) drag God into politics.Old habits die hard at the Times.