A Unitarian is someone who believes in, at most, one God

The Texas State Controller has ruled that Unitarianism isn’t a religion. That would have been news to Isaac Newton.

Yes, I’ve heard all the Unitarian jokes: the Unitarian church is the one with the question mark on the steeple, a Unitarian is an agnostic who’s lost his faith, a Unitarian is a Quaker with Attention Deficit Disorder, some people get fed up with organized religion entirely and become Unitarians instead…

They sounded funnier before the State of Texas decided that Unitarianism isn’t a religion.

(Well, the Texas State Controller, anyway: the Texas Supreme Court seems to disagree. Ethical Culture got dinged, too.)

Do you think that a certain citizen of Texas will speak up about this?

Naaaah, me neither.

Here’s a harder one: Are you willing to continued to be ruled by a bunch of Repubicans from Texas?

Update: They’ve backed off on the Unitarians, but they’re still holding the line against Ethical Culture. Where is H.L. Mencken now that we really need him?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com