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Godless liberals are forcing Christians out of the public square

Secular liberalism has the same function as a government-established religion; it has the highest authority and defines our common and individual good. This is government policy at the level of federal, state governments and many local governments.

Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 5:27 p.m.

There are basically two groups of people in America with opposing worldviews, theistic and secular liberal. The theistic worldview holds that God exists, we can know truth, and that there is natural and divine law that ought to govern our lives. Meaning is an objective given. Religion is the core and basis of our lives and gives fundamental moral precepts by which to live. Each person has a soul that survives physical death and will be with or without God forever. We have a right to seek truth and live according to it. Government should preserve life, administer justice, and inculcate the virtue necessary to the flourishing of free people. Religion and government are distinct and ought never to be fused into one.

The liberal worldview holds that God does not exist or if God exists does not matter; it is, for all practical purposes, atheistic. We do not have souls. There is no truth or divine law. All meaning is subjective. All law is based on subjective desire. The role of government is to maximize pleasure and minimize pain. We have a right to believe anything we want. Religion is no more than a social club and ought to be pushed out of the public square. Religious people have no place in politics and government. Religious persons and religious-owned businesses are forced to be instruments of government policy. Secular liberalism has the same function as a government-established religion; it has the highest authority and defines our common and individual good. This is government policy at the level of federal, state governments and many local governments.

The public square is not neutral: Christians are being forced out, leaving only the atheistic worldview to have a voice. Why should Christians be prohibited from an equal place in the public square?

ROGER SCHMUCKER

Goshen


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