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.

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Larry Craig

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A parent’s concerns about the issue of transgenderism and public schools

I know someone who is a teacher in middle school, and they plan on introducing some major changes due to the issue transgenderism.  He asked me to write some thoughts about it without appealing to religion as an authority.

First of all, I must admit I am confused about what exactly transgenderism is.  Gender has always been about biological differences in humans and animals that are easily seen from even before birth and continue throughout a person’s life.  There are occasionally people born who have characteristics of both sexes, or genders, and we call that anomalies.  They exist, they are rare, and, while not life threatening, we consider them mistakes in nature.  We say that something went wrong.
Now if we want to change the meaning of the word ‘gender’ to something subjective, I suppose we could.  I’m not sure if we take a vote on that, or wait until a dictionary company decides that for us.  

But we are still left with two sexes.  And they are different.  Even elite athletes divide athletic competition by sex.  The best female tennis players in the world still play on courts smaller in area than the men and play 2 out of 3 instead of 3 out of 5.  All records are kept separately by sexes.

I am confused by what it means that a person identifies with the opposite sex.  Regardless of what the person thinks, the body will continue to grow and develop in the same way it started to.  Girls will still grow breasts, have menstrual cycles, and, if everything continues to work right, be able to grow babies inside of them.  And every boy, whether he considers himself to be a boy or not, will develop the ability to fertilize the eggs a woman produces, and together a baby is created.

I am a white male of German, Scottish, English, Irish descent.  Am I able to choose my race, my ethnicity, or any other physical characteristic merely because I decide to do so?  If I decide to identify with being black, would anyone say that I am now black?  But what has changed and what should I expect to change?

If I say that I now identify as a woman, what does that even mean?  I may dress like a woman, because I can see how they dress.  But how can I say that I know how a woman thinks or whether I can change how I think to what a woman thinks? 

We have been hearing a lot about how differences between men and women are simply societal constructs, that basically there are no real inherent differences.  So why would a person want to change their gender?  What are they changing?  The same people who are saying that these differences are constructs are the ones who are encouraging this fluidity of genders.  But that robs it of all meaning.

But the bigger question here is the role of the public schools in these issues.

Now the way life is set up, whether you believe in a God who created it or whether we all evolved through random mutations, the fact remains that children are born through the union of two people, each of a different gender, or sex.  Regardless of their individual preferences, the genders of their birth are the determining factor on whether a child is born.

And children are born as children.  They have to be taught almost everything, from how to use the potty to how not to kill yourself when walking around the house.  Children also have to be taught how to live.

If a child is not taught good hygienic habits, how to eat right, how to share and interact with people, the importance of exercise, children will grow up dirty, smelly, rude, selfish, fat, and unhealthy.  They need constant guidance in every aspect of their lives.  And if you have kids of your own, you know you don’t rest easy until your kids are married to a good person and they have good jobs, and then you can breathe a little easier.  If you see them on a path that leads to problems, you try to show them a better way.

Schools are a part of that process.  Transgender people have suicide attempt rates 5 times higher than the general population.  You try to guide our kids with regards to eating, smoking, drinking, and drugs, hoping to steer them away from unhealthy and dangerous behavior patterns.  Transgenderism is a risky lifestyle.  Are you afraid to talk about this? 

And how will this affect the rest of a child’s school experience?  Will children use washrooms and locker rooms according to their perceived identities?  You don’t see any problems here?  Regardless of how a person perceives themselves, they still look like they did before on the outside.

And what about sports activities?  You don’t see any problems with a girl competing against boys or a boy competing against girts?  I can think of a few.

And how is what you are doing preparing these kids for life?  Once they leave school, they will no longer have people keeping a close eye on everything that is going on to protect them, to be sure that everyone uses the right pronouns, and treats them with courtesy.  I dare say you are relegating them to the fringes of society, to sub-cultures, away from the regular flow of life.  Is this what we want for our children?

Just like you talk about the dangers of drugs, obesity, drinking, you need to have frank discussions about a lifestyle that will inevitably lead to a lot of heartache and pain.  Our schools are supposed to help kids from going there. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Rethinking Affirmative Action and Racism

There has been a lot of very emotional talk and action in our country lately about racism.  In the hysteria, I think the heated emotions have clouded some of our thinking.

Consider affirmative action.  Affirmative action was created to help black people whose ancestors were slaves in our country, because somehow something that ended 150 years ago still had permanent lingering effects on the ability of black people today to do well in life. 

Since then it has expanded to include women and every non-white person in the country, even those who came here long after slavery ended, except for certain Asian peoples who obviously don’t need help and whom nobody wants to talk about anyway.

Affirmative action is based on two presuppositions, which both of which I consider to be the very epitome of racism.

Affirmative action believes that white people are inherently racist, and that they all have oppressed all non-white people forever and still do.  So I am a racist?  Because I am white?  Aren’t we constantly lectured about how not all Muslims are violent, and not all women want to have children, and so on.  Affirmative action insults me as a white person and just because I am a white person.  But, no, I am not going to say that I am offended.

Then, at the same time, affirmative action assumes that every non-white person and every women needs government help, subsidies, set-asides, hiring goals, admission goals to be able to get ahead in life.  Forget white supremacists.  Your very affirmative action programs make their case for them.  If everybody in the country except white males needs help, then you are saying the same things that those whites believe.

To me, you can’t have it both ways.  You can’t condemn white people for being racists, and you can’t condemn white supremacists, while at the same time you insist that everybody else needs help to succeed in life.

Trusting Science: a letter to a newspaper

Your editorial [August 21] makes the case that we should trust science more, because it can accurately give all the facts about a solar eclipse.

I see three kinds of science.  Maybe there are more
Science is best when it does what it originally was used for: observing and measuring things.  Under the influence of Christian theology in the West, people saw that nature exists apart from God and revealed the glory of God.  So they began to study it for its own sake and could soon describe laws of nature.

A second kind of science gathers raw data, like a birth here, a death there, a disease here, a temperature there.  It is then up to the scientist to look for patterns, trends, causes, relationships between all the various pieces of information. One big problem here is that he never knows if he has all the relevant and necessary information to make the right conclusions. 

One example here is world temperatures.  Prior to the invention of satellites, determining something like average world temperatures can hardly be accurate, especially when temperatures are calculated to within one to two degrees, and then conclusions are drawn about the differences.

The third kind of science has to do with origins, like the origin of the universe, of life, and of human beings.  Science assumes that every event has or had a natural cause.  This means that even if the evidence regarding the origin of the world or of life pointed to a Supreme Being who created it, science would not even consider it.  The only answers it will accept are natural ones.

Or, in other words, science is not interested in looking for the truth about the world, but it only wants explanations that fit within its presuppositions.  But then it acts like its answers are the final answers.

So my trust in science directly corresponds to what it is trying to do.