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In Defense of God
By Christopher D Erickson   

Last edited: Friday, January 02, 2004
Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

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A discussion on why religious monuments should be allowed in public places.

It is really surprising that in this day of tolerance God has become an issue. A prime example of this is the case of the Ten Commandments being removed from an Alabama courthouse. The media is also full of other stories of public and some private institutions that are being court ordered to remove Judaeo-Christian religious symbols and not to mention any factors of God. Because of this attack on God and Christianity the battle lines have been drawn and now there is an issue called ‘Separation of Church and State.’ There is now one group of people who wish to outlaw religion in our land and another fighting to keep it. Not since Roe vs. Wade has there been such a volatile debate in our nation about God and country. The amazing thing about this issue is no one has stopped to ask why. Why are we making a big stink about God? What has God done so wrong that we need to talk of eliminating him or her from our culture?

There have been wrongs done by people who call themselves of God. Praying for the demise of government officials; labeling and not permitting the sale of alternative or offensive art and literature; and the imprisonment, demoralization, or financial ruin of individuals that do not agree with these ‘people of god’ is wrong. Three quarters of these individuals really are not of the Christian-Judaeo theology even though they say they are. They only use Bible verses and God’s good name to justify their own political agendas. To some religious individuals they are more offensive than any pornographic magazine or rock album for they make a profit and justify the persecution of the poor in God’s name. The Bible clearly states that God’s name is not for sale and the poor are not to be oppressed but helped. In this scenario God is not the perpetrator of the crime but rather the victim. Is it right to punish the victim with the criminal? This is the logic we seem to be following with this debate.

What has God done? He has promoted peace. ‘The Golden Rule’ comes from His teachings as well as ‘turning the other cheek’ and ‘being honest in all you do.’ If a political activist was to use this format in running for public office they would be embraced by the very powers that want to remove religious artifacts from public places. People in general would say that person would be a good candidate. It strikes me as odd that the only people that want to support putting religious artifacts in public places are the ‘hawks’ of our society. ‘Left wing bleeding heart liberals’ should also have no problem with religious symbols being in our public places. After all, liberals supposedly promote the above-mentioned character traits.

Another reason why there should not be a problem with religious artifacts in public places is because of freedom of speech. If it is acceptable for an atheist to place literature or artwork voicing their opinion in these sectors then it should be okay for religious people to do the same. What hypocrites we are to allow people who don’t believe in God to publicly display their objectives but not the people of God. Freedom of speech needs to apply to everyone, not the select few who are out of mainstream America.

If people actually listened to God instead of trying to interpret what He’s saying the world would be a better place. For God does not promote war, hunger, poverty, or hatred; rather, He promotes peace, bountifulness, blessings, and love. Giving and sharing is the basis for Christianity. A religion that promotes this should above all else be allowed to have its symbols displayed. If churches were allowed to be a part of the state as opposed to separate then maybe this country would be a more peaceful place to live.

Chris Erickson

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Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 1/3/2004
Chris, I think the issue is that government is binding on all the people, whether they believe in one, thirty, or zero Gods. Any promotion of a deity or any specific religious point of view, such as displaying the ten commandments in a "public place," i.e., on government property, has the force of government on every person, whether they agree with that point of view or not. In the interest of governmental fairness to all, religious promotions should be displayed in the homes and churches of those who agree with the promotion, not on government property common to us all. In my opinion, the quickest way to lose freedom of religion (unless you happen to be in a majority religion) is to destroy the barrier between church and state. Dominant religions have a history of seeking power and privilege through the agency of the state. There could easily come a time when Christianity is not the dominant religion in the U.S.A. (Some other religions are growing at a much faster rate.) Perhaps you would want to consider what your opinion might then be on the issue of separation of church and state.
Best wishes for the new year.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/3/2004
Can't agree more with you; our country was found on Biblical promises; and now people want to remove them?? COME ON!! Let's bring GOD BACK into our Country!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D

Excellent write; thanks so much for defending our belief in God!

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