I wanted to tell you about a strange experience I had a few days ago:
We live in Bloomington, IN which is sorta liberal and multicultural due to IU I would guess.
We spent the days around July Fourth in a rented house in Michigan City, IN. My wife dragged me to the 4th of July Parade in La Porta, IN which is a few miles West of Michigan City on Lake Michigan. My kids had hijacked the camera so I don’t have evidence - but amongst all the tractors, trombonists, clowns etc, in the parade there was quite a contingent of churches. Two stuck to my memory. One was proclaiming the end of the world for October 2011 and the other had this nice warning: “Freedom of Religion doesn’t mean Freedom from Religion”. Luckily I left my atheist t-shirt in Bloomington but this sure left a sour aftertaste with me.
Our friends, a couple of professors from Germany who had spent a year in Bloomington essentially stated as these strange trailers rolled by: “Here we’re the ones who should just shut up because we’re not normal. If you had somebody put signs like that up in a parade in Germany they (who made the sign) would be considered crazy”.
I moved to the US in 1988 and thought I’ve seen most of it.. But sometimes I still just stand there and think that the country is moving backwards into the dark ages.