Mr. Holland, on how well we live the Founders' vision of religious liberty:
"... there’s been a certain sort of contraction ...
religious people may feel increasingly confined in their abilities to feel like
they can freely speak their mind about certain religious convictions .... But
even in areas with respect to public prayer and other things, there’s been
perhaps something of a receding, if you will, of certain aspects of religious
liberty." Could this answer get weaker? I don't know what
"other things" he means, but here are his concrete examples of
contraction: 1. "Religious people may feel increasingly
confined.” Not they're not actually confined, but they feel
confined, increasingly. How? In their ability to “feel like they can
freely speak." Not confined to actually speak, but to *feel like* they can.
About what? “Certain religious convictions.” None specified. 2. On public prayer, “perhaps” there is “something of
a receding, if you will.” Not actual receding, “something of a
receding.” Perhaps. On public prayer. Which, for many Americans, would
be an increase, not decrease, in religious liberty. That's Mr.
Holland's entire analysis of the American religious project.
I watched the documentary and thought it was very well done.