The news of the last couple of weeks brings into sharp focus the divided world we live in. No longer do we have a common language or ethic to guide our thoughts or actions in this complex world.
Let's take just one example of this disconnect, "religious freedom." This country was founded on the principal of the freedom of religion. For some, it means that there should be no restriction on the practice of one's religion. For others it means that the "state" should not promote one religion over another. These, however, are not the same thing.
If there were no restriction on religious practice then the government could not ban animal sacrifice, or slavery, the legal bondage of women, or laws against inter racial marriage. At one time or another all of these ideas have been justified as deeply held religious beliefs. If the state had not acted to ban these practices, it is, in effect, promoting one person's religious beliefs over another.