Far from Our Foundations!

Study on Religion        

A recent Brookings Institution study condemns secularism as providing an inadequate foundation for democracy in America. It was the first time the think tank had sponsored a study on religion. Through religion, the study says, ‘human rights are rooted in the moral worth with which a loving Creator has endowed each human soul, and social authority is legitimized by making it answerable to transcendent moral law.”” The study rejects the argument that strict separation of church and state is needed. ‘A society that excludes religion totally from its public life, that seems to regard religion as something from which public life must be protected, is bound to foster the impression that religion is either irrelevant or harmful,”” the study says. Authored by James Reichley, the three-year study came as a surprise to those accustomed to the Brookings Institution’s liberal bent on social issues. Reichley, a former editor of Fortune magazine, is a member of the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.).         Christianity Today, February 7, 1986

The quote above is from 1986.  How true the statement has proven to be.  Religious beliefs that formed most of the foundations of our nation are now considered to dangerous.  To  speak from a religious point of view is to open the door to personal attack.  Often the person who has definite religious views about the morals and aberrations of our nation is considered to narrow minded or even bigoted.  There is room for all kinds of views to be expressed but to disagree with most of those views on the grounds that one thinks the view is immoral or against the laws of God is considered politically incorrect.  

 I support the freedom for each individual to express their beliefs, even if they are contrary to what I believe.  The problem is that many do not allow those who oppose their positions to exercise their freedom of speech.  They immediately attack any opposition and usually accuse those that oppose them of being ignorant, racially motivated, or even worse

Let us find again the ability to live peacefully with one another.  Even if I disagree with you, I can still respect you as a person.  We do not have to be best friends nor do we have to spend hours on end with each other.  We can disagree.  We can at times have heated discussions.  But there is no room for name calling and accusations.  Let each of us bring our rhetoric down to a level of civility.

Keep Looking Up,


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