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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Islam and the violence in the news

A reader (January 16) wrote a long letter concluding that “one cannot attribute these attacks to Islam.” 
We keep hearing how that Islam is a religion of peace and that all this violence done in its name has nothing to do with the religion. 
The fact is that if Islam were a religion of peace, it never would have become a world religion.  Islam didn’t send out missionaries; it sent out armies.  At least three times they tried to overrun Europe, but they were stopped. 
The Muslims have been at war with each other for centuries: Sunnis vs. Shiites, and Islam is now spreading south through Africa by bloodshed, not persuasion. 
Say 10% of the world Islamic population supports jihad, (and that is a very low number, read the polls), that’s over 150,000,000 extremists.  We have no way or don’t try to screen Muslim immigrants to our country for their sympathies for violence.  But if 10% of them sympathize with it, that’s over 300,000 in our country alone. 
The United States is about 3% Muslim.  In Europe, the numbers reach 20, 30% in parts.  Read what’s going on in Europe.  Watch the youtube videos, and there are many.  Europe is cracking under the tension of Islam and European culture.  More and more of them are admitting that multiculturalism was a mistake.
If you are a Muslim and believe Islam is a religion of peace, tell your parents you want to change religions.