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Two examples of why the golden rule rules: 

(1) Hard-core evangelical Christian Gary Christenot attends a football game in Wahiawa, Hawaii, and relearns what previous generations of Baptists already knew -- the wall between church and state is there to protect minorities, and you could be a minority at any time:

"Coming from a fairly traditional Southern upbringing, I was not at all initially surprised when a voice came over the PA and asked everyone to rise for the invocation. I had been through this same ritual at many other high-school events and thought nothing of it, so to our feet my wife and I stood, bowed our heads, and prepared to partake of the prayer. But to our extreme dismay, the clergyman who took the microphone and began to pray was not a Protestant minister or a Catholic priest, but a Buddhist priest who proceeded to offer up prayers and intonations to god-head figures that our tradition held to be pagan. We were frozen in shock and incredulity! What to do? To continue to stand and observe this prayer would represent a betrayal of our own faith and imply the honoring of a pagan deity that was anathema to our beliefs. To sit would be an act of extreme rudeness and disrespect in the eyes of our Japanese hosts and neighbors, who value above all other things deference and respect in their social interactions." (Hat tip to Pharyngula, who comments astutely.)

(2) The scenario Republicans should have contemplated before abrogating habeas corpus last month -- from Avant News, for Feb. 2, 2009: 

"President [Hilary Rodham] Clinton Jails 938,000 Enemy Combatants . . . 

"'The legal basis of these sweeps is firmly grounded in the Military Commissions Act of 2006,' Paul Grisley, White House Press Secretary, said . . . .

"While the names and crimes of the detainees are classified to protect the interests of national security, a clue as to some of their identities could be gleaned by means of a stroll though major government offices around the country. Four of the nine Supreme Court Justices, for example, failed to show up for work, as did approximately 220 congressmen, 52 senators and a number of governors and presiding justices of district and appellate courts. The vast majority of absentees, coincidentally, were Republicans." (Hat tip to Abstract Nonsense.)

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