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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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Chicago Public Schools teacher layoffs

We have just been told that the Chicago Public Schools may have to lay off up to 5,000 teachers if they don’t get a lot of money soon from the state.

Something just didn’t sound right with this, so I tried to get some numbers from the internet.

It seems there are about 41,000 CPS employees and about 396,000 students or roughly 1 employee for every ten students. 

The average class size for CPS is around 25 students, so that means there are about 15,000 teachers altogether.  And 26,000 non-teachers. 

And they want to tell us that the first people to go are teachers?

This reminds me of the times our state leaders said they needed higher taxes, otherwise they would have to cut education funding or help for the disabled.  They just couldn’t’ think of anything else that could be cut.

CPS should fire everybody but the teachers and the janitors.  They would make their budget and probably get better results in the classroom.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

European migrant crisis

It has been said as good political advice to never let a crisis go to waste.  Forward thinking politicians can create crises by postponing actions, commonly called kicking the can down the road. 

When the crisis emerges full-blown, we are told we must take immediate and drastic measures to deal with it or the problem will swallow us up whole, like the trillion dollar bailout of 2008.  (Just spend it.  Doesn’t matter how.) 

The immigration problem in our country, including the current migrant crisis in Europe, is the latest example. 

We have always been a nation of immigrants, but for most of our history, we knew who was coming into our country.  They met face to face with immigration authorities, and we had the right to refuse entry for any of a number of reasons, including disease, illiteracy, morals, lack of work skills, or criminal activity.  Now we are being asked to deal with millions of immigrants as a whole, where we have no idea who we would be granting legal status to.

In Europe, close to a million migrants, some from almost 3,000 miles away, by air, have suddenly appeared seeking to enter.  Nobody is asking how they got there or why.  How many countries did they have to go through to get there?  Did they just walk through them all?  How did they survive?  Why didn’t they just stay in any of these other countries, most of which are already Muslim countries?

I have read that ISIS is making a lot of money transporting refugees.  Do you think maybe that some radicals might see this as a unique and favorable opportunity to get into Europe to carry out their acts of terror?  Isn’t this what ISIS has already said it wants to do?  Now we are being asked to just take in hundreds of thousands of people where we have no idea who they are.

Of course, many or most of them are just ordinary people just trying to survive.  And just how many terrorists does it take to blow up buildings and randomly kill people?  And, of course, there are millions more waiting in their home countries to see how this all works out before they make the same trip. 

Most of these European countries are already in deep debt and don’t have enough jobs for their own people.  They want more younger people to pay toward their aging population, since they are not having enough children anymore.  But since they are not just taking in young educated workers, they will incur huge societal costs to support, care for, and educate them, which they can ill afford.

On a side note, when there are crazies trying to take over a country or otherwise causing millions of its people to flee the country, the countries that can expect to clean up the mess by absorbing all these refuges have a right to intervene in that country militarily to stop the crazies and keep all of these people in their own homes.