Friday, August 20, 2010

AMERICAN ETHICS 101 (TO SALLY HEMINGS)

In the enduring debacle surrounding the planned Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, this quote from Thomas Jefferson (from his Notes on Virginia) is suddenly all the rage amongst the tolerant:

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

One could marvel at the percept, even draw inspiration from it, if it didn't so blatantly expose the bitter roots of America's ethics, especially in the light of its (and Jefferson's) Very Own Original Sin, which Sin's fruits fattened their pockets quite a bit.

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