Here is the WSJ reporting on a piece of business news.
A couple of things should be pointed out:
1) Holding to the orthodox faith will now exclude you from achieving high positions in the United States. And don’t take the lack of future “news” to say people have regained sanity, what it will mean is that companies will have “vetted” any candidates for embarrassing thought-crimes prior to appointment. The way this works in practice is that there is now agreement at high levels which will enforce a screen such that orthodox would not even pass earlier hurdles. Call it the stained-glass ceiling.
2) In one sense this is not terribly distressing because the orthodox faith is one of being pilgrims or exiles in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12). Being barred from the top levels of this world’s corporations should not be a surprise. It is also possible to still live a quiet and godly life (1 Timothy 2:1-4) which is pleasing to God.
3) It is distressing as an American because the American story, as much as I don’t like the word, has been one of progress. As we have expanded the franchise and the sphere of liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a greater number of people, we have never felt the need to close the door on others. This has been universally a working out of America’s Christian conscience. This generation is and will be the first to close the door on the great American experiment in liberty. After the Christians invited everyone in, they will be the ones shown the door. As an American, living to see the experiment end brings on a profound sadness.
4) In instructing my kids, if one of them appears to have such ambition, the advice must be to start your own company. One could council the closet, but just being a member of the church will cause suspicion. It is not a viable strategy. The good news is that barring a complete pulling up of the ladders through even more onerous regulation the US continues to be a good place for this. Now I would recommend going to Texas similar states, sorry New York, but the assumptions in those states are for new business.
What I don’t think most people will get, which I’d like to highlight here, is that my distress is not as a Christian. My informed faith is actually very robust here. Such things are actually expected. I can understand distress of more nominal Christians to whom deeper reflection or solid teaching of the faith may have been denied, but the faith has always included calls to deny the world. The American truce has just lasted longer than typical. My distress is as an American. One can only feel like Augustine or Benedict witnessing the end of Rome. The thought or idea, call her Columbia, that gave order to our temporal lives, is breaking apart. All that will be left will be dim reflections of her torch and the longing for a more permanent city.
Update: Nice to know that a Harvard Prof (Robert P. George) sees things the same way. If anything he goes further. My take was this is just about leadership positions or positions of influence, he says don’t bother applying.