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Monday, April 02, 2007

First Freedom First

This weekend I posted about the upcoming "Blog Against Theocracy" event on the upcoming weekend. Masson had some concerns about this movement:

"This effort makes me a little uneasy for reasons that I cannot yet fully articulate. I have been pretty clear in my opposition to Dominionist political efforts and influence. But this effort feels broader somehow. Maybe I’m wrong, but the tone of Blog against Theocracy doesn’t seem to make nice distinctions between people of faith who hold certain moral and world views but are content to live and let live while doing their best to improve the world and those people who don’t do much to improve the world but, instead, spend their energy seeking to make government a vector for their views. I’m o.k. with the former, very opposed to the latter."

Hopefully the comments and links provided him have erased his uneasiness about this matter, but I would also like to offer up the following video, from First Freedom First, via Blue Gal, to accentuate the message and spirit of the event:

I hope we can all work together as Americans, with respect and tolerance for each other, to protect our common rights as citizens of our great nation. And I look forward to reading YOUR posts on the matter this weekend.

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Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Very touchy subject.

Unfortunately, you can't take the freedom of religion away from elected officials. If you could, then all their decisions would be based upon everything but religion.

It's kind of a catch-22. We don't want religon to be a foundation for political decisions, yet, the very politicians we elect have the same freedom of religon as you and I. Even if they were never to speak of religon as a basis for their decisions, you can't take away their beliefs which may or may not have affected their decisions. That's why there are several branches of government.

So does it really matter if a politician says their decisions are based upon their religion or not? I say no, because whether they verbalize it or not, you can't take away a persons beliefs once they become an elected official!

I sometimes think people misunderstand the seperation of church and state. It's not that the state can't display anything religious, but rather, the state cannot FORCE a religion or DENY a religion upon the people. I still believe our country was founded upon Christianity, and has slowly been eroding away by "political correctness", but as long as we are doing what the founding fathers set out, and nothing else, then I'm ok with that - even though I don't like it. But then again... that's just one man's opinion =)

title="comment permalink">April 03, 2007 8:00 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

If we became a full theocracy, then we would all be forced to bow down to something we did not in full knowledge believe in. Religion can not be governed, nor should religion play any part in government spending - ever. Faith based programs are just that, based in faith rather than government funding.

title="comment permalink">April 03, 2007 8:05 AM  

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