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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
POLITICS AND RELIGION
this post has nothing to do with taxes – but this is a very important issue.
development over the past few decades is the take-over of the conservative
movement and the Republican Party by the “Evangelical” political movement. In today’s political discourse, conservatism
is wrongly aligned with the anti-gay, anti-abortion and other Evangelical
agenda of the Evangelicals and the Religious Right is contrary to true
conservative philosophy and politics.
basic principles of conservatism are to Protect & Maximize Individual
Rights and Ensure a Limited Government. In "Five Principles of American Conservatism" at THE COLLEGE CONSERVATIVE Matthew
Dragonette explains principles -
foremost, society has a duty to protecting the fundamental individual rights of
its members. In American politics, this means permitting individuals to pursue
their interests and enjoy freedoms that do not infringe on the rights of
same spirit as individual rights, conservatives must commit to a limited
government. In the American context specifically, this means a commitment to
constitutionally-assigned government responsibilities. The scope of government
must be narrow for two reasons. First, a narrower scope maximizes individual
rights and prevents government from dominating its own people.”
holds high the rights of the individual citizen and calls for minimal
involvement by the government in the personal and business life of the citizen.
The Evangelicals of the Religious Right
want the government to tell citizens how to live their lives by legislating
their specific religious beliefs.
In terms of
the Supreme Court, the Republican Party does not want true “conservative”
judges. What it really wants is
Evangelical agenda is also contrary to the separation of Church and State that
is a cornerstone of the Constitution.
religion and the separation of Church and State are among the basic
cornerstones of America, American values and American “philosophy”. Every American has the right to worship and
believe as he or she so chooses – or to choose not to worship or believe. The government cannot force anyone to choose
one religion and set of beliefs over any other, or to choose any religion or
beliefs. No specific religion or church
can dictate government policy or legislation.
The Evangelical political agenda calls for ignoring this basic
conservative Barry Goldwater, the politician often credited with sparking the
resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s, explained
decades ago -
“I am a
conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of
church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that
people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt
anyone else in the process.”
And warned us
factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people
connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy.”
establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no
belief, nor will we ever. Church and
state are, and must remain, separate.
All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith
or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act
on their belief.”
your belief refers to your specific individual behavior. If the religious beliefs of your chosen sect
or religion tells you that abortion is wrong – don’t have an abortion. If the specific religious beliefs of your
chosen sect or religion tells you that homosexuality and same-sex marriage is
wrong – don’t practice homosexuality and do not marry someone of the same sex. But you cannot force someone with different
religions beliefs, or no religious beliefs, to act in accordance with the
specific religious beliefs of your chosen sect or religion - most definitely
not via legislation.
and marriage”, politics and religion do not go together. A bumper sticker I saw a while ago says it
all – “The last time we mixed politics with religion people got burned at