What Carter’s quotation points out is that religious freedom is part and parcel of true democratic freedom:
Of course, religious liberty promotion is no more a political science panacea than was democracy promotion. But as Hitchen claims, “Religious liberty would help society grow so complex that no totalizing ideology, no philosophical monism, could feasibly dominate the public square, because no single ideology would accurately reflect social reality.” That’s a modest goal, no doubt, but one worthy of being embraced by conservatives.
One of the primary reasons that we fight for Romney’s religion NOT to be an issue is that for it to be an issue is a chick in the armor of our democracy. This is another such chink, and this, well, there is some pot-and-
This is true, even given that all religion is not the same. The freedom to practice any religion, even bad ones, is needed to maintain democracy and democracy is needed to maintain religious freedom. Only when bad religions cross the behavioral line do we need to seek to control them.
Which is why this is a little silly. Unless we are pursuing both at the same time, chastising a nation for just one can be counterproductive.
Have a good weekend.