Digger Cartwright - My Own Words
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7 Stupid Issues in America Today - Issue #2 Separation of church and State
7 Stupid Issues in America Today
Americans and the media regularly debate a host of social, moral, and religious issues. It is alarming to see the emotion that many individuals have invested in these issues. Clearly, emotions have clouded the rational judgment and logic of these individuals. It is good to be passionate about what you believe in, but such passion is a detriment when trying to work to solve the problems of America and society and often leads to divisiveness and animosity towards those with opposing views.
The debates seem to intensify during each election cycle when the politicians are grilled on their positions and beliefs on some very divisive social issues. There are many clearly established laws that relate to the issues being debated. While it may be interesting to see how politicians or candidates feel about these issues in helping decide who gets your vote, their positions are largely irrelevant as their ability to change established laws is somewhat limited. Further, these issues are irrelevant when it comes to solving the greater challenges of America and restoring our greatness as a nation.
To me, it seems like there are seven stupid issues that people talk about, particularly in an election year, and to which they attribute too much importance.
Issue #2 : SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
· Separation of Church and State—Let me start by saying that America was founded on Christian values. If you don’t like that fact or if you are offended by it, go somewhere else. I’m really tired of people saying we can’t have the word ‘God’ on our money or in our pledge of allegiance or the school kids can’t mention God or we can’t have nativity scenes on public property. If you don’t like that we celebrate Christmas in America you can suck it. Don’t go trying to force your religion on me or tell us that we have to recognize your religion or this or that. This country was founded by peoples seeking religious freedom. The Puritans who came here and settled in New England were Christians; they pretty much formed the basis of democracy in America. Our Founding Fathers were Christians not Muslims or Buddhists or anything else. It is insulting to me as an American to have anyone say we can’t say a prayer before school or before a public meeting. If you don’t want to participate, you don’t have to. No one is forcing you to participate.
Oh, and let’s remember why the Founding Fathers wanted a separation of church and state. They didn’t want to remove the influence of religion or God from our lives or our government. They just didn’t want our government controlled by the church. Only extremists would believe that we should remove ‘In God We Trust’ from our currency or that we should take out ‘Under God’ from the pledge of allegiance. If we spiritually emasculate ourselves and our government, we will forget what has made this nation so great. If we appease the people who favor political correctness when it comes to this, we’ll forget our values and those values that we important to our Founding Fathers—love of country and love, faith, and trust in God. I certainly don’t want public gatherings to turn into worship service or school kids to be forced to pray, but I don’t want God totally removed from our country as some would have it and make our nation completely secularized.
If you'd like to read about Issue #1, click here: 7 Stupid Issues in America Today - Issue #1 Abortion.
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