Watching our public officialdom struggle with language through the terror events of this weekend past should be a cause for deep reflection. There were people hurt and/or dead, property damaged, and millions more in various states of emotional turmoil and this bunch of yahoos wanted to make sure their statements did not go outside of the evidence at hand or in anyway to incite ill will amongst the populace. The latter concern is almost laughable given the willingness of this administration to routinely make pronouncements that have fueled #Blacklivesmatter to the point of burning cities, but it is the former concern that requires the deepest reflection.
In our nation there has always been a division between law and morality. The distance between them has varied with time, but the distinction has always been real. The much misunderstood “separation of church and state” is in part rooted in that distinction. For example, I know of no incident in our history where it was contemplated that keeping kosher should be legally mandated for the entire populace. The law is a matter purely of fact and evidence. Morality, while far more practical and reality based than many want to admit, also has considerations of the philosophical and the supernatural. When, in the wake of attacks like the nation witnessed this past weekend our officials limit their statements, often awkwardly and uncomfortably, to staying strictly within the limits of the evidence they are speaking in an entirely legal fashion, neglecting both morality and the very emotional reaction people may have to the events. Continue Reading