Safanah has shared this article about behaviour of people at a holocaust memorial. Some are deeply offended by their actions whilst other argue that it is fine because it is not a sacred place. It reminded Safanah of Durkheim and Bellah’s ideas about the sacred and profane and civil religion.
“It’s like a catholic church, it’s a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground.”
Thanks to Sumera for a head’s up about Donald Trump’s inaugural speech which like so many before him is a very good example of civil religion:
“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear — we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God…
And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.”