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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Letter Re: immigration



Letter Re: immigration

Monday, March 27, 2006

Greetings!

            This immigration issue that you are discussing now is of great interest and concern to me.  I would like to offer my thoughts and suggestions:

            Yes, the United States was built by immigrants, but in the past they came here with the intention of becoming citizens.  And not this joint citizenship, where they still have a commitment to their original land.  They believed in the melting pot and not in the salad bowl.  If an immigrant, legal or otherwise, wanted to become a citizen, I would encourage them to do so. 

            I would then allow them to have a two year temporary visa to prepare for citizenship.  The test would be in English, and they could not have a dual citizenship.  There is a potential here for fraud, and we need safeguards.  We need a full commitment to our country.

            We need to have a look at our immigration policies.  Why are these illegals unable or unwilling to go the legal route?  Maybe we will need to limit immigration from some other countries for a while.  I suggest we can start with some Middle Eastern countries. 

            Those who have no interest in becoming citizens and are illegal are just that, illegal.  Employers who knowingly hire them should be prosecuted. 

            It is said often that they take the jobs that no one else will take.  That may be the case in some situations.  What I have seen far too often is the downgrading of good jobs because of the availability of illegals who will work for little and will receive little or no benefits.  This, with outsourcing, has played a major role in the diminution of the middle class in our country.  Except for maybe migrant agricultural workers, I don’t think they are the answer to our problems but the source.

            We can still issue temporary visas to migrant workers, if we need a lot of workers quickly.  But the key word is temporary.  If they have no interest in becoming citizens, then they have to go back when they are done.

            My wife works for a doctor.  She has complained to me for years about immigrants who come here and get all kinds of taxpayer funded health care for free, and we couldn’t even get health insurance for ourselves for a while.  What we couldn’t afford, they got for free.  And they didn’t even seem appreciative.  So many acted like they expected it.   So many of them were milking the system.  She could tell you stories.   

            Immigration is a privilege, not a right.  We need people in our country who want to be Americans first.  My grandparents were immigrants from Germany and England, but they became citizens.  And the United States was their country.  I call myself an American, not a German. 

            These people who are demonstrating, what are they?  Are they Mexicans?  Or are they Americans?  Are they Guatemalan, or are they American?  Are they Pakistani, or are they American?  If they are not American, then they need to be here legally.  If they want to become Americans, then they need to renounce their allegiance to the land of their birth and commit themselves to the United States of America

            I can be lenient to an illegal who really wants to become a citizen.  But if they don’t want to, then they need to go back home. 

Thank you


Larry Craig

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