The thing that makes the left so insidious is that hidden among a multitude of untruths and bits of twisted logic are a few kernels of truth. Sometimes those truths are very hard to take – especially if we happen to be Christians and political conservatives.
*For example, here’s a quote from Alternate Brain (a lefty site) at http://alterx(dot)blogspot(dot)com/2007/12/gop-religious-bigotry(dot)html (Note: to access this blog replace each (dot) with a period.)
*“Troutfishing at Daily Kos http://www(dot)dailykos(dot)com/storyonly/2007/12/11/65317/058/485/420555 (Note: to access this blog replace each (dot) with a period.)
They just can't help themselves, can they ? The Christmas spirit and religious bigotry, both eternal, are forever at odds but today's religious right dominated Republican Party seems to have gotten one confused for the other. That's not surprising, however, because the religious right of their day, the Puritans, started the Christian war on Christmas to advance the Puritan values of stinginess and religious bigotry, and the contemporary American GOP is sliding right back into that traditional groove. Somebody better call Bill O'Reilly - the war on Christmas has spread to the GOP. Or, maybe it started there. . . .”
Do you agree that Troutfishing might have a misguided point or two? I do.
Frankly, I’ve just about had it with the feeding frenzy over the religious differences among our presidential candidates! I will tell you right here and now that if I don’t vote for Romney it won’t be because he is a Mormon. And if I don’t vote for Huckabee it won’t be because he’s a Baptist.
The religious arguments I’ve heard leveled against Romney’s religion are the same type of arguments that were leveled against the Roman Catholic candidate, John Kennedy. It’s a very slippery and very dangerous slope.
I watched all the “Christmas” season videos by all the candidates. It’s a sad state of affairs that so much negativity was made of Huckabee’s Christmas greeting. Just a few years ago nothing would have been thought of it. Honestly, from my point of view, Obama’s greeting was the smartest. He didn’t say “Christmas,” but he made sure that his child did. Good grief, Obama was the only candidate with the common sense to put his family in his greeting – a greeting meant to please and unite all Americans.
Now, I’m no Obama fan, but he is smart! And Republicans had better smarten up fast!
When I do vote for the candidate of my choice it will be because I believe that individual has: (1) personal integrity, (2) the ability and experience to lead this great nation, (3) an obvious desire to uphold America’s unique cultural heritage and sovereignty, and (4) the personal will to protect and defend our American constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.
The freedom to practice the religion of one’s own choice is protected by the Constitution. That’s what makes America great. It’s also what makes America ultimately vulnerable to subversion from within.
America has a multitude of religions and sects. Most are harmless enough and fit well within America’s multi-religious landscape. Others are questionable. What happens if any religion is inimical to America’s root cultural values and to our very constitution? Apparently our founding fathers didn’t have the foresight to envision such a time in our history.( See Why America Must Define Religion
There should be no room for religious bigotry in a national election. But of course there is. This entire rancor over religion is because we are living in a time of tyranny by the few against the will of the majority. Somehow America must find a way to protect the rights of the few without allowing the few to dictate wide cultural changes to the majority of Americans.
Obviously all Americans have the right to question their candidates about personal values born of their various religious backgrounds. But Americans don’t have the right to destroy an individual, or whole groups of people, because of differing personal faiths.
Now it is true that the great majority of Americans are Christians and our Judeo-Christian values gave birth to this great nation. The left can deny it all they want but it is a fact. Traditional Christians do tend to believe that they are the standard bearers of America’s traditional cultural values – values that we are in great jeopardy of losing. So it’s easy to see how some very zealous Christians fall into the trap of evil demagoguery – the same bigotry that led to the rise of Hitler in Germany. This is what the left fears from the right and rightly so!!!
We Americans are asking our presidential candidates to share their religious backgrounds with us so that we can determine the extent to which that religion supports or hinders their ability to lead all Americans regardless of our differing faith perspectives. What we are asking of our candidates we must ask of ourselves. Does our faith support our ability to safeguard the freedoms of those Americans who don’t share our particular faith perspective?
Christians, let’s stop for a few days this Christmas season to pray and to ponder the meaning of Luke 2:14.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
*Note: The leftist atheist at Alternate Brain objected to the free hyperlink I gave to his blog (see comments). Obviously, not all atheists are extremely bright. At any rate, as my Christmas gift to him and to Troutfishing, I have removed the free stat-building links to their leftist blogs quoted in this article.
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