where religion and politics meet

Everybody has a worldview. A worldview is what you believe 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.

Nations have worldviews too, a prevailing way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Politics is the outworking of that worldview in public life.

Our country’s worldview used to be Christianity. Now we are told it is and has always been secularism, which is practical atheism. This issue divides our country, but those who disagree are divided as well on how to respond.

Our country could not have been founded as a secular nation, because a secular country could not guarantee freedom of religion. Secular values would be higher than religious ones, and they would supersede them when there was a conflict. Secularism sees religion only as your personal preferences, like your taste in food, music, or movies. It does not see religion, any religion, as being true.

But God, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments were always important parts of our public life, including our public schools, until 1963, when the court called supreme ruled them unconstitutional, almost 200 years after our nation’s founding.

Our country also did not envision a multitude of different religions co-existing in one place, because the people, and the government, would then be divided on the basic questions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Our Constitution, which we fought a war to be able to enact, states, among other things, that our government exists for us to form a more perfect union, ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. It could not do this unless it had a clear vision of what it considers to be true, a vision shared with the vast majority of the people in this country.

I want 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.

Because religion deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, though the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation, critical thinking, and a hunger for what is true.

Science and education used to be valuable tools in the search for truth, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions of life without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary, possible, 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. Many of the newer articles are shorter responses to partiular problems.

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

feminism: a letter to a newspaper columnist

I read your article on feminism with interest.  I feel bad for all the times you were treated unjustly.  While I understand (or think I do) the drive for feminism, I do have some concerns.
1)         I am concerned about what feminism has done to the family.  The fact remains that a civilization still needs to have children to maintain itself, and every women needs to have on average 2.1 children for a society to do so.  When women bear less, the population ages, which puts more strains on a society as the costs of supporting and caring for the elderly increase. 

Having children is an afterthought for many women.  Even getting married takes a second place to furthering their careers. 

Immigration has been seen by some as the answer to this, but we have changed the system to promote whole families immigrating, which only temporarily helps the problem as the first generation of immigrants usually has more children than the rest of us, but they soon catch up with us in ensuing generations.
2)         Once children are in the picture, we minimize what it takes to raise them.  We act as if all they need are food, clothes, a place to stay, and potty training.  Everything else they can or will just learn on their own or in schools that the state provides for us.  The state likes this, as it allows them to mold the next generation just the way they want it, compliant and appreciative for all the government does and should do for them.
3)         I am concerned about what feminism will do to our society.  It’s like calling a hammer and a screwdriver equal.  They’re both tools, and one is just as good as the other.  It’s just that when you interchange them, you are trying to pound screws and screw nails, because you are afraid to acknowledge inherent differences between them.  You don’t want to be called a toolist.

We try to make women into soldiers, and so we lower the standards to let more women into these roles.  Is that wise?  We insist that women spend years pursuing high levels of education and essentially force them to continue working at some high demand job instead of spending time with their children.  We make it sound so demeaning for them to do so and so sexist to think they should.

We keep reading in the papers about violence and crime and killings and all manner of societal ills.  I submit that most of this is due to fathers not being a part of the family and parents not being the primary influencers of their children’s lives.  I believe that feminism contributes to this.