Hobbes philosophy is deeply pessimistic about the possibilty of
good faith on the part of men, and it is radically against religion.
A key quote is that "All priests are enemies of the state."
I don't think Clinton was entirely consistent in this position,
or completely persuaded by it. But it may explain some of the moral
tone-deafness he showed. And it may account for some of the
hostility religous people (and not only on the right) sometimes felt
We just had an election where the victorious minority backed
Bush, in significant part, because he was not taking an
anti-faith position. In matters of public policy and public
polity, we need not, and should not, be hostile toward religion,
especially in an area involving last and final things. Nuclear
weapons policy is an area where religious people HAVE to be
interested, if they are to be morally consistent at all.
Anyone who has the courage to look at facts ought to be
interested, if she has any human concern at all.
I hope that "priests" in Hobbes' sense do study this
If there are moral imperatives dictating the getting or honest
and right answers anywhere in society, there are imperatives