Aug 25, 2019
I discuss several ways in which America has become a cult when it comes to interpreting the Constitution (especially the 1st and 2nd amendments), and how, in practice, white men get most of the benefit of the law and little of its punishment.
I also talk about how disproportionate devotion to civic and religious tokens like the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and the national motto, has led to division rather than unity, and in some cases has led to violence.
Mentioned in the podcast:
Mary Anne Frank's book The Cult of the Constitution.
Anthony McCann's book Shadowlands.
At a county fair in Montana, a man assaulted a teenager for failing to remove his cap during The Star-Spangled Banner.
Fayette County (Kentucky) schools post framed dollar bills in response to a new state law requiring public schools to display "In God We Trust."
A federal court has ruled that nonreligious people have no right to deliver invocations before legislative sessions.
Theme music courtesy of Body Found.
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