Metaphor in a Government-Founded Church

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Last week, I was intrigued by all the fanfare attendant upon the national farewell to the late Sen. John McCain. I have written in this space that McCain and I were friends who spoke many times, but generally only about the issues upon which we agreed — abortion, immigration and torture.

On those issues, he often stood at odds with most of his Republican colleagues in the Senate. They are opposed to abortion in name only (they will not lift a finger to stop or slow it), prefer judging the moral worth of individuals on the basis of where they were born, and think that torture is wrong unless the victim is a bad guy or a foreigner or has information the government wants.

Moral relativism is the coin of their realm.

On those issues, McCain stood steadfast, no matter the political or personal consequences. For that steadfastness, and with respect to those issues, his behavior was heroic. A hero does not lack fear. He or she proceeds into its face nevertheless, heedless of the consequences to self.



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For reasons he has never adequately explained, President Donald Trump rejected McCain’s heroism and mocked McCain’s time of torment in a North Vietnamese prison. That mockery was brought to full measure at McCain’s funeral by the senator’s daughter, my friend and former Fox News colleague Meghan McCain. She told the members of the Washington establishment who had gathered, sans the president, at her father’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral — why the federal government founded a cathedral is another question for another time — that her father manifested greatness and that…

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