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Religion and politics

Published on -7/2/2013, 9:56 AM

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The big difference between our two major political parties is religion. Not the only difference as there are disagreements over taxes, spending, big government, etc., but as I see it, religious disagreements are huge.
Liberalism, embraced by most Democrats, is mostly secular. That means worldly rather than spiritual. That means leaving religion (let’s say Christianity) out of the equation. For example, should a bill or law be passed by Congress, religion or Christianity would not be a consideration by liberals.
One could argue that more Democrats than not embrace Christianity, but our government today is controlled by far left liberal secularists rather than Christianity as the driving force. Religious Democrats should keep in mind that voting for the Democratic Party in today’s world is voting for secularism whether that is one’s intention or not.
Conservatism, embraced by most Republicans is, for the most part, the direct opposite. Most conservatives would want religion, in particular Christianity, to be part of our governing process just as our Founders wanted.
Liberals always want to fall back on the Supreme Court’s separation of church and state. Conservatives, like me, would argue that the Supreme Court misinterpreted our Founders intention and would argue not all manmade laws are good laws. Removing God from the public square is liberal secularism, not conservatism that embraces our Creator, even in politics.
There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever in today’s government the two political parties are miles and miles apart. We are a divided country in far too many ways. When it comes to religion, let me illustrate.
Since the Supreme Court’s horrific Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973, there have been some 55 million unborn babies that have lost their lives. In this country, we abort babies at the rate of something like 1.3 million a year.
Tell me this is not a huge religious issue? Since SCOTUS decided it is legal to abort babies, scientists have determined life begins at conception. The Supremes didn’t have the fact that life begins at conception at the time of their decision. Conservatives want the justices to reconsider the 1973 decision. Would liberal secularists concur? Not in your lifetime nor mine.
Why, pray tell (pun intended) does our far left liberal secularist Democrat president leave out “by their Creator” when referring to the Declaration of Independence?” Seems obvious to me. He has issues with Christianity.
That being said, let’s take time this great historic Fourth of July, to celebrate what our Founders wanted for all of us and that is the natural God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s not logical to exclude the unborn from the preceding statement. Besides, there’s the 14th Amendment in our Constitution that is supposed to guarantee life.
As we speak, there is an assault on our freedoms (especially religious ones) unlike any other time since “the” Declaration. Besides abortion, case in point as follows:
Military brass, obviously from direction of our far-left liberal, secular Democrat commander in chief has been known to confiscate Bibles from military personnel and threaten those who would “evangelize” about Christianity.
The Obamacare secularist mandate forcing religious organizations to provide birth control to employees is a huge assault on religious freedoms in this country. Some 60 religious organizations have filed a lawsuit against our government as a result. With liberal judges controlling our justice system will there be justice?  
There’s much more to prove anti-Christianity by our government.
No, Thursday is not a religious holiday, but one could make a good argument that it should be. Happy Fourth of July. God bless believers and non-believers alike.
Les Knoll
Victoria and Gilbert, Ariz.
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