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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Friday, March 25, 2016

pluralism: a strength or setback

A reader recently wrote a letter that made the point that pluralism is the strength of the United States.  I submit that this is only a recent concept with no empirical or historical basis.

It was only in 1947 that the court called supreme ruled that government cannot aid or favor a particular religion, nearly 170 years after our nation’s founding, though as recently as 1955 it still noted that we are a Christian nation.

Prior to 1965, almost 200 years after our nation’s founding, immigration to our country was almost entirely from Europe, Western countries that shared a common culture and worldview, which is what a religion is.

Prior to 1965, immigrants had to meet a long list of criteria that included literacy, health, morals, and the likelihood they would not require government assistance.  Now the politically correct, global mindset is that every immigrant is of equal value and any desire to choose between them is inherently racist and evil.

The reader also criticized the idea of the American Dream, some idealized picture of American life from the past, which apparently to him never existed.

Well, it did.  In my lifetime, the United States has gone from being the richest nation the world to arguably one of the poorest.  We look rich, but you can’t be rich when you are 20 trillion dollars in debt, and that’s only our federal debt.  We used to have the best schools in the world, and now they are mediocre, at least by traditional American standards.

We used to feel safe in our homes and on the streets, even though guns were always a part of American life.  We used to have gun clubs in our public schools. 

Now we live with terror watch lists and the threat of terrorist attacks in our country, just like third world countries have had for decades.  Those of us who are older are seeing their country being transformed into a third world country with its violence and poverty. 

It would be wrong to say that pluralism is the reason for this decline in the quality of American life, but the mindset that created pluralism is: 

the idea that it is wrong for us as a nation to pursue policies that benefit us more than they might benefit the world community as a whole;

the idea that truth is not an absolute, but a social construct, that absolute truth if it existed is unknowable, such that religions are mere preferences like one’s taste in food or music rather than one’s view of the world and thus inconsequential for public policy and the life and health of a nation;

the idea that it is wrong for a nation to select immigrants on the basis on which ones would contribute more to our country, meaning also the right to refuse an immigrant who does not meet certain requirements;

the idea that Western or American culture is not something special or unique in world history but that American life should become a culture of either the lowest common denominator or reducing our entire cultural life to the bare minimum of values, like tolerance, equality, fairness, and diversity.

Instead of being our strength, pluralism is the driving force toward mediocrity and social chaos.

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