just fix the roads
I have a friend who is German. There, the government collects the tithe to the church directly from earnings--it's a form of taxation--and distributes it to the church (primarily Catholic). The only way to stop this from happening is to declare yourself officially as an atheist. I am sure all good Christians in the USA donate 10% of their earnings to the church but is it any wonder that church participation--especially among the young--is declining in Europe? Separation of church and state is not only good for the state, it is good for the church.
Sometimes it is good to shake up things a little. Somebody who has spent their entire career in academia has little experience with the outside "real" world. Once in a great while it is good for academia to have a little reality injected. Look at what happened at Clemson after Mr. (subsequently honorarily changed to "Dr.") Edwards, a textile executive, was made president. He made it into a very progressive and responsive place. McConnell could do that for C of C.
There is an old saying: "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything." I do not agree at all with Senator Fair's stance on evolution. He and I are exact opposites on that issue. But Senator Fair does have strong beliefs, a moral base and is not afraid to express himself. Personally, I would rather have that than what I see in many politicians who will "...fall for anything" that they think might be profitable or self-serving. Hang in there, Senator Fair. We can agree to disagree and still be nice about it.
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