where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

If you want to contact me, email is best: lacraig1@sbcglobal.net

Thank you.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

White People and Racism

I keep seeing short videos that are supposed to tell the whole story and convince people either to change their minds or to embrace the ‘truth’ about something. 

Note:  This is a short response originally on Facebook in response to a video of a professor labeling all white people in America as being racist, having been taught that particularly through their education.

I keep seeing short videos that are supposed to tell the whole story and convince people either to change their minds or to embrace the ‘truth’ about something. 

No, white people didn’t start a religion, because religion is not just something that a person makes up.  A religion claims to be a revelation from God about the truth about life.  I shouldn’t expect too many of those to even exist in the first place. 

This person completely misunderstands so many things about real life.  Just to name a few.

Most people throughout history have always preferred to ‘live with their own kind.’  If you want to label that racism, go ahead, but to condemn people for that is plain stupid.

But more specifically, in the United States, something else is happening.  For most of our history, our immigration policies have favored immigrants from the same countries from which previous immigrants have come here, i.e. Europeans.  They wanted to maintain the present demographics.  But also the people came from the same cultures and would assimilate better.

Since 1965, our immigration policies have favored everybody but Europeans.  But because they didn’t share the same cultural values, they began voting for and electing people with very different views of what America is all about.  So we went from being the richest nation in the world to maybe the poorest, if you judge it by its debt.  People who don’t understand our culture will vote for anything that promises free something.   Those who have lived here a long time have seen our country go from leading the world in just about everything to being just average or poor.  And, frankly, immigration policy has been a major though not the only factor involved.

This woman wasn’t paying attention in school.  The question is: what is Western Civilization, and is it good, and did it help bring the world out of illiteracy, backwardness, poverty, violence, and ignorance.  Science, technology, education, medicine, literature, morals a middle class, and wealth essentially came from Western Civilization.  Where other nations have these things, they basically got it from the West.  And they basically got it from Christianity.  There are books and books written on this, and this is too big to try to prove in a FB post.


And guess what?  Western Civilization started in Europe and the United States, which happened to be white.  Does that prove superiority?  Not at all.  But it does explain why Westerners (white people) resist the mass migration of non-white people to their countries, when the cultures are so different, and our countries no longer teach Western Civilization and assimilation.  That means our whole culture has to change and in ways that we generally don’t see as progress but rather regression.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump (again)

Dear Mr. Trump

I hope you are doing well.

I believe you need me to be a part of your Presidential team.

Very simply, there are far too many people who should be supporting you but are not.  There may be enough angry, frustrated people who will vote for you to win the election, but we cannot afford to take that chance.  You are going to need a supermajority to win, because there will be enough voter fraud to swing a close election the other way.

You are not doing enough to persuade people who don’t already support you to do that.  Simply attacking Hillary will be of limited value as the campaign officially begins, because it will just lead to a campaign of which candidate is the lesser of two unlikeables. You will gain far more respect if you focus on the issues, and there will still plenty of opportunities to show the seriousness of her deficiencies.

I have identified 5 issues so far that I call the iceberg sinking the ship.  If the ship sinks, nothing else is going to matter. 

These are the issues to focus on to get the people who should be voting for you but don’t want to.  These are also the issues where you seem to be the only person in politics or the media who holds these views, and you need to show these people why your positions are not only the right ones but the best ones. 

Frankly, I am not even sure you understand completely why some of your positions are right, and necessary, because your position on Muslims has changed, though everybody just seems to remember your first position, banning all Muslims.

These five issues are jobs, immigration, Muslims, being a non-politician, and the Supreme Court. 

I heard a speech you gave on trade and jobs which said a lot of the right things, but that has become ancient history.  There was much more that needed to be said, but you’re not winning people to your side. 

You were right the first time to ban all Muslims, but you have modified that position quite a bit, suggesting that you think there could be safe Muslim immigration. 

I believe you need me to help make the case why your ideas are the right and best ones for our country.  You can’t just hope you have enough people who already agree with you.  The ones who don’t agree with you will try to stop you and only make your candidacy seem more controversial than it need be.  

You need to convince those who don’t agree, and if you can’t convince them, by showing them that you have really good reasons for what you do, you can soften their opposition so that they won’t fight so hard against your ideas, both before and after the election.

I write a lot on political and current issues and post my articles on my blog poligion1.blogspot.com.  You can read everything I have written so far.  Frankly, I see and write about things that I don’t see and hear about anywhere else.  I could recommend somebody else for the job, but I don’t know anybody else who can offer what I do. 

I wish you the best.  This is my third attempt to reach you in this regard.  I hope you get this.

Sincerely,


Larry Craig

Friday, July 1, 2016

smoking and voting in Chicago

Does nobody in Chicago see the irony of increasing the age for buying tobacco to 21?  Chicago thinks people under 21 are too immature, stupid, or uninformed to make the right choice with regard to tobacco, but they are perfectly qualified to vote for our political leaders.  Maybe that explains why the city and state are bankrupt and acting as if there is nothing wrong. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump

I believe you need me to be a part of your Presidential team.
I do a lot of political writing, and I have identified 5 issues so far that I call the iceberg sinking the ship.  If the ship sinks, nothing else is going to matter. 
These issues are jobs, immigration, Muslims, being a non-politician, and the Supreme Court.  There are other issues that I will be working on that are really important, though I don’t see them as yet being as important as these first five.
On the first three of these issues, you have been the only person who has proposed the solutions that you have.  You have the right answers, but you are not convincing people who don’t already agree with you that they are the right answers.  I am not even sure you understand completely why some of your positions are right, and necessary, because you have been shifting in your position on Muslims.
There may be enough angry and frustrated Americans now to be able to elect you in November.  But you will need a supermajority to win, because there will be a lot of voter fraud that will swing a close election.
You don’t want to have come this far without ensuring a win, and there is too much opposition to your positions from people who should already have been supporting you.   
You need to explain why taxing imports is right, necessary, and good, even though every Republican disagrees with you.  You need to explain why birthright citizenship is misapplied, damaging to our country, and must be stopped immediately.  You were right in your ban on all Muslims entering our country, but you didn’t make the case forcefully enough, and you have even backed off of it under the constant pressure of the media and those who disagree with you.
You were right the first time to ban all Muslims, but making it only temporary suggests perhaps that you think there could be safe Muslim immigration. 
I believe you need me to help make the case why your ideas are the right and best ones for our country.  You can’t just hope you have enough people who already agree with you.  The ones who don’t agree with you will try to stop you and only make your candidacy seem more controversial than it need be.   You need to convince those who don’t agree, and if you can’t convince them, by showing them that you have really good reasons for what you do, you can soften their opposition so that they won’t fight so hard against your ideas, both before and after the election.
I post my articles on my blog poligion1.blogspot.com.  You can read everything I have written so far.  Frankly, I see and write about things that I don’t see and hear about anywhere else.  I could recommend somebody else for the job, but I don’t know anybody else who can offer what I do. 
I wish you the best.  Frankly, I am just hoping you get this letter.
Sincerely,

Larry Craig

solution to the Illinois school funding issue

I have the answer to the school funding problem in Illinois.  I have written about this for years, but I am afraid to suggest it now.  I am afraid that only some of my suggestions will be taken, and a lot of things will be worse than they are now.  I think I am more afraid of what will happen without my proposals.
1)         Start by separating school funding from the general budget.
2)         Establish a base line amount of funding for each student to expect a quality education, say, $6,000 a year.
3)         Raise this money by a state income tax separate from the state income tax we already have.  The current state income tax should be reduced accordingly.  The amount to be raised by this income tax can be easily calculated, multiplying the number of students by the established per student amount.
4)         This money will be paid to each school district based on enrollment.
5)         What a person pays in this school state income tax should be deducted from his property taxes.  If a person rents his home, this should be deducted from his rent, prorated over the course of the year.
6)         School districts will still be allowed to raise additional school funding through property taxes as now.
7)         What a person pays toward private school tuition and fees should be deducted from what he would owe in this state education income tax.

8)         The State Constitution must be amended to allow responsible changes to the state’s pension plans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

But I Don’t Like Either One!

Think about this for a second.

We have 330 million people in our country, and we have to choose between only two people for President.  One is a woman under criminal investigation by the FBI; the other is somebody who has never been in a political office before, and a lot of people wonder if they can and should trust him.

Does anybody see a problem here?  Or better yet.   Is this really the best that we can do?

Do you know what?

The solution is easy as pie. 

There is only one thing that we need to change about our elections that will fix all this.   

Require candidates to get a majority of the vote before they can be declared the winner. 

Now if we have three candidates running in the same election, a person can win with as little as 34% of the vote.  Not only is that undemocratic, it's stupid.

But wait.  We had 17 Republican candidates running and Donald Trump easily won over all of them.

Actually no.

You need to ask how many states did he win with over 50% of the vote.  If he won 40% of the vote in a state, that could mean that 60% of the people didn't want him at all.

When you have 17 candidates running, you shouldn’t ask people to choose one.  You ask people who they can support.  I could have been happy with any of about 8 of them. 

The Republicans should have allowed people to vote for as many candidates as they like.  That way you combine who people like with who they don’t like.  You would have gotten a far different result than what you got now.  And I say that as a Trump supporter.
Under this new scenario, we don’t have to have Socialists running as Democrats, and Tea Party people running as Republicans, and Trump wouldn’t even have to bother running with a party at all.

Well, too late now.  Why didn’t I say something about this a lot sooner?

Actually I did.  Several times.  But why would anybody listen to me? 

But the election is still 5 months away.  There is plenty of time to change this if people want to.

This might actually be the best chance we will ever have to change this.  There is enough anger and frustration out there over the two choices, and particularly over the fact that a third party candidate can’t win and will only ensure a victory for the person fewest people want. 


Anybody listening?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free college for everyone


There is a video going around the internet of Joe Biden explaining how he and the President want to make education free for another two years beyond Bernie Sanders’ plan.  Paying for this would be simple.  There is a certain tax loophole that would more than cover for the cost of this program. 

A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and this was my response:

Oh, fix the tax loopholes.  Crap!  Why didn’t I think of that?

Let me explain how government works.  You may have noticed that our federal debt has increased from $9 trillion dollars in 2009 to $20 trillion dollars today.  The basic reason is that a large number of politicians don’t really care about paying for the things they want.  They are very happy just to borrow the money. 

So every so often we ask other countries if they want to loan us some money to buy things, like voters, and countries like China and Japan say, Sure, how much to do you want?  Nice people there.  The rest of the money we need, we just print, and that lowers the value of the money you already have.  That’s why prices keep going up, and your salary doesn’t.

They have been talking about closing tax loopholes ever since they have had taxes.  But that’s not really important.  They are not really concerned about how to pay for the program.  They just want the permission to spend the money.  After they get that, they will try to raise taxes again by closing loopholes on the rich.  As long as the Democrats run the show, they will get their tax increases, and maybe close a few tax loopholes. 

The Republicans will run on a platform of tax reductions.  When they get in office, they will reduce taxes, but the spending program will remain as it is, because millions of voters will vote against them if somebody tries to take it away.  And the debt just keeps going up.  And the cycle is repeated.

Politicians, Democrats more than Republicans, keep looking for things to spend money on.  What this does is develop classes of people who become dependent on government money.  Try to take it away, and you lose their votes.  This is what happened with Obamacare.  The program is unsustainable financially, so we just give it billions of taxpayer dollars to buy the votes of those dependent on it. 

What is surprising is how people do this with a straight face and think they are solving anything.