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.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why comprehensive reform bills are a bad idea

Letter to the paper

The Sun-Times printed a piece by a Congressman (July 27) lamenting Walgreen’s possible move of its headquarters overseas to save on its tax bill.

I thought it ironic that four times in his article he mentions as the solution to the problem what is actually one of the main causes of the problem in the first place. 

He says that we need comprehensive tax reform, something that will require compromise and difficult choices. 

When the government talks about comprehensive reform, whether taxes or immigration, it means that they want a bill at least 800 pages long.  One reason is that it will cut down on the number of people who actually read the bill.  It also means that most of the bill will never be debated, let along even see the light of day until it has long passed.

It requires compromise, because Congressman are forced to either take the whole thing as it is or reject the whole thing.  Anybody outside of Congress will just ask the question why?  Why not break it down into the individual issues, debate them, and vote on them? 

Walgreens, like every other business, knows that no company is guaranteed to even be in existence in ten years.  Even the largest and leading companies can go bankrupt in a matter of years if they don’t watch their bottom line carefully. 

Our tax rates are high, because our government is greedy.  It is hungry for money to pay for all its aid and assistance programs.  Our government, meaning we the people, has to choose: Do we want more of our companies to go overseas and take a lot of our jobs with them, or do we want government to be one large welfare agency, spending money it doesn’t have to try to make everyone’s life more comfortable?