The Contested Sacred

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					                        The Contested Sacred
                                       The	Place	of	Passion	in	Politics
                                                                       Jeffrey Stout


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Description: To be sacred is to be worthy of reverence* It is appropriate to respond to sacred things by celebrating their existence and their excellence* It is also appropriate to express horror at the prospect of losing them, to mourn when they are lost, to commemorate them, to be angered by assaults on them, and to take offense when they are profaned* And it is appropriate to protect them from violation, destruction, and profanation - for example, by instituting prohibitions of certain kinds* None of these responses can be wholly excluded from political life so long as there are those who attribute sacred value to something. Because the sacred and the horrendous are conceptually linked to what we deem highly important, our differences over these matters can threaten our ability to have a polity at all.
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