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

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Thank you.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Racism and private conversation

Racism and private conversation
a letter to the editor re: the comments made by a professional basketball team owner

I know this letter will be misconstrued by a lot of people who read it, but some things need to be said. 
There is a major uproar over some private comments that a man made to his girlfriend, such that there is pressure to make this person give up the business that he owns.  There have been no complaints apparently of any unfair or unkind treatment to any of his employees, and no employee has charged him with racist behavior. 
I think it is dangerous for a free society to try to control what people say or can say even in private conversations.  It doesn’t matter if somebody finds it offensive, because there is no end to the things that people can find offensive. 
I think it is wrong to try to punish people for things spoken in private, particularly when a person is not encouraging or planning illegal acts.
When we start monitoring people’s private speech and try to punish them for things we don’t like, it is called tyranny.  It doesn’t matter that the issue here is race.  Once the principle is established, the list of forbidden topics and responses will grow exponentially.  What will happen is that valid criticism and discussion of certain societal matters can be framed in terms of violations of social protocol, and all discussion is ended under threat of punishment.

I don’t want to live in a country where you have to watch everything you say very carefully, even in private conversations, because somebody is looking to do you in if your speech is not proper in their minds.  

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