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Belief Control, Not Gun Control

After all, ideas are more dangerous than guns

May 29, 2000, Vol. 5, No. 35 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
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The religious lobby is well funded and well organized (although the National Council of Churches is on our side). We must make our case clearly to the public that we are not opposed to the use of religion for recreational purposes as long as no one is harmed or made to feel guilty, excluded, or icky. And we must work hard to counter the false and self-serving argument made by our opponents that all religious beliefs are "protected" by the Bill of Rights. Take another look, you God-mongering right-wing nuts: The First Amendment only says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." It can disrespect all it wants.

P. J. O'Rourke is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.