From the November, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Sins & Sensibility by Anthony Esolen

Sins & Sensibility

Why Sin Hardly Even Registers

In Canada, somewhere in academe, that compost heap of fermenting ideas, a retired professor has come up with the notion of requiring religious people to register with the state. They would be called RRPs (for Registered Religious Practitioners), and would be monitored, like other suspicious characters, to make sure they didn’t get out of hand. The professor in question is worried, he says, about preserving the separation of church and state, by which of course he means he is aiming to attain the complete domination of the church by the state, period.

One thing that RRPs would not be permitted to do, says the professor, no doubt tousling his bland white hair and smiling to the gr . . .


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