FORCING YOUR MORALITY Part 2

FORCING OUR BELIEFS?

What do people, objecting to a Christian expressing his disapproval of behavior that the Bible calls into question, mean when they say that we are forcing our beliefs on others?

Let’s look at this idea of forcing our morality, beliefs or values on others a bit closer. When non-Christians object to our forcing our beliefs on others, what do they really mean? They are basically saying that we are trying to compel others to act in a way that we think is right. But since we have already determined that everyone has some moral point of view, we must seek to understand how we all, in some form or another, attempt to compel others to our moral viewpoint.


Forcing Our View

There are basically two ways that a moral point of view can be “forced” upon another. One is the strong way and the other is the weak way. A strong way of forcing morality would be law enforcement: laws that are enforced by threat of punishment. The second way, a weak way, would be by compelling people to act in the way that you think is right (your moral point of view) in a less forceful way. We often do this by encouraging or discouraging certain patterns of behavior through the means of social approval or disapproval.

How do we force our view? We could use the strong arm of the law to force our view on others. We could frown at behavior we disapprove of in order to get people to reconsider it. Now there may be things that we don’t think are morally weighty enough to deserve jail time but which we would consider valuable enough to frown upon or even exert peer pressure on people in order to get them to comply with our wishes (moral point of view). Call it peer pressure, social approval or social disapproval. Do you see the difference? We use both of these things in our society today.

Since we have two different strengths of enforcement, we have to make a decision in our culture which strength we will use to enforce a moral point of view; it all depends on the moral weight. What’s curious about the nature of the moral climate today is the kinds of things that are enforced and the kinds of things in which people are allowed to have liberty.


High Morality

In the context of our culture, there are some things I would define as falling into the category of high morality and others that would fall into, what we would call, low morality. High morality is those kinds of things that are so critical to the common good, to the notion of fundamental rights – like life, liberty and property – that society must demand their adherence under penalty of severe punishment. For example, it is absolutely critical that property be protected. Therefore, if someone steals someone else’s property, we use the law to punish them. If someone takes another’s life, we use the law to punish them. Sometimes, we even put the guilty to death (extreme force). There are issues related to the common good of society that are so morally weighty that we have to use the force of law in order to get compliance. This is what I would call high morality.

There are a whole lot of other things that relate to the common good on a lower order of morality of sorts: things that are not so critical to the common good that the society must demand their adherence under penalty of severe punishment. Yet at the same time, there are still things that are morally good and good for society. In these cases, we don’t use the force of law. We generally use a different force – the force of social approval and disapproval.

’til next time

Danny

Next: Immoral, Illegal

FORCING YOUR MORALITY

Have you ever given your Christian opinion on questions of morality to a friend, relative or even a stranger, only to be challenged in return by an intimidating counter-question? As Christians, when our biblical viewpoint goes against the grain (which much of Christian morality does – sexual morality, the morality that relates to the rights of unborn children, same-sex marriage, those kinds of things), frequently we are going to be challenged with the question, “Who are you to force your morality on someone else?”

The first thing you should know is that this challenge is offered in a self-refuting way. It is self-defeating and refutes itself because it is a challenge to you that you ought not force others or ask others to live according to your moral point of view. Yet, that challenge itself is a moral point of view that someone else believes in and is asking you to live by. To put it simply, they’re forcing their morality on you when they say that you shouldn’t force your morality on someone else.

When someone brings up this objection to our Christian moral value we must be ready to help them see the self-refuting nature of their question. I think first of all, we must help them face, honestly, the truth that all of us have a moral point of view that we are seeking to have believed and acted upon in society, and we are seeking to do that by some measure. It may be through very forceful means – the force of law – or it may be through less forceful measures. But one way or another, we all have our moral point of view. Once we can honestly agree with that, there is no escaping the conclusion: we all have a moral viewpoint that we seek to have enforced in some fashion in society, and we are seeking to compel other people to adopt.

Given the fact that we all have a moral point of view that we are seeking to impact society with, the real question then becomes, “Is our moral point of view legitimate? Is it appropriate to have it forced? And beyond that, even if it is legitimate, we have to ask, “How weighty is the moral concept?”, before we can know how much force we need to apply in enforcing this moral concept.

’til next time

Danny

(next time: What do we mean “forcing our beliefs”?)

A WAR ON “TERROR”?

We, as Americans, must understand that we are at a crossroads in our generation as were our fathers of the WWII generation.  The survival of America as a constitutional republic and Americans as a free people is at one of its most challenging and defining moments in its history. Political forces and parties of men and women have irresponsibly forgotten that we are a constitutional republic.  Some are, without a doubt, on a malevolent course to totally transform us from what we are (a republic) to what they would likes us to be (a socialist, Marxist or global state).

Liberal progressives are the worst of all.  Substituting “moral equivalents” for war, they have taken advantage of the culture’s desire to resolve its problems.  They have used these “moral equivalents” such as the “War on Poverty” and the “War Against Drugs” as opportunities to expand government power into the lives of all its citizens.  Americans, believing that it is a good thing to solve these problems, have been duped by an ever-expanding and ever-encroaching government.

The U.S. Constitution allows for the declaration of war precisely because there are times when individual liberties must be curtailed for the good of the whole nation and to better combat our enemies.  But wars are declared and wars come to an end.  The liberal progressives’ “moral substitutes” for war mentioned before have no end.  The “War on Poverty” has gone on for more than 40 years with no signs of success; all at a huge cost to Americans’ individual rights and liberties and the plunder of their wealth by continuous, burdensome and over-bearing coercive government taxation.

We now have a “War on Terror” – or Terrorism.  President Bush’s colossal failure in the beginning of this armed conflict, I believe, was declaring war on “terror” and NOT on Al Qaeda (who attacked us).  Following the foolish and misguided principles of political correctness, He “declared” war on “terror”.  Because He declared war on a tactic (terror), and not on a people with ideological ideas of terror inconsistent with our values, we have left ourselves open and vulnerable to attack from within, and without.  Our government also, under the guise of protecting us from “terror,” infringes daily upon our constitutional rights as a people. 

Fighting a tactic (“terrorism”) has left our borders open to our enemies.  The Obama administration has even used taxpayer funds to bring many of these “immigrants” to America, helped them find jobs and settle here.  But does he really believe that America has need of the abilities that can only be found among Somali, Yemeni, Palestinian or Hamas immigrants?  Something more sinister is at work here and is evidenced no less by the Obama Administrations’ Department of Homeland Security.

Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) task is to protect Americans.  Yet while they say they are protecting us from terrorism, they have identified the most likely potential terrorists for the American people: those who are principled pro-lifers, pro-second amendment, pro-tenth amendment, anti-tax advocates, limited government advocates, tea-partiers, opponents of illegal immigration and – of all people – returning veterans!  Which group was not mentioned in the security report?  You guessed it: Muslim extremists, muslim clerics or anyone who might help Al-Qaeda or their demons.

The DHS and other police agencies have sought to limit, watch, screen and snoop on us in ever-increasing ways.  By every other means available to them, they expect us to willingly give up our constitutional rights under the guise that we are at war.  But war against an idea or a tactic (“terror”) will have no defined end.  Fighting a tactic will only serve the federal government’s purpose because it gives them continuous power to limit our liberties.

It’s time for Americans to wake up and, in the words of the Templar Knight to Indiana Jones, “choose wisely.”  2012 will be our time to say to our political leaders once again, we will not give up our constitutional liberties; we will not go quietly into the dark; we will prevail and America will not be a socialist, Muslim, marxist or global state.  

Over our White House will always fly the “Red, White and Blue”.  As freedom loving Americans, we will never accept a crescent moon, a hammer & anvil or a UN flag to fly over our nation.  America will remain, though a melting pot of people, a constitutional republic.  And we, as a people, will never yield to any party, elite, foreign power or ideology, our God-given rights, American values and constitutionally-guaranteed liberties.  

´til next time,

Danny

Article_Link: http://inviewof.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/a-war-on-¨terror¨/

Cordoba House Initiative: A Test of the Historic Ignorance of American Elites

This is the most clearly stated, sensible, and historically accurate statement that I’ve read on this issue (and I’ve read a lot of them).

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Statement on the Proposed “Cordoba House” Mosque near Ground Zero

Newt Gingrich
July 21, 2010 6pm
There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia . The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba , Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.

Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City . Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia . In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca .  And they lecture us about tolerance.

If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign.

We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years.  Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million mega mosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

Finally where is the money coming from? The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all their funding sources.

America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.

No mosque.
No self deception.
No surrender.
The time to take a stand is now – at this site, on this issue!

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If, after reading this, you agree with it, please pass the link on to others.

’til next time …

Danny

November 2010: America’s Defining Moment

How can we take our country back from the beholden-to-special-interests, could-care-less-about-the-constitution, out-of-touch-with-the-people career politicians?

We are at a crossroads in the United States of America.  It is our defining moment in more ways than one.  “These are the times”, as Patrick Henry uttered, “that try men’s souls.”  The time when the “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” shrink from serving their country.  It is the time of our defining destiny; the time when true patriots must arise, whatever the cost.

Will we as a people continue to live in apathy and indifference toward those who have entrenched themselves in elitist, government power?  Will we continue to watch from the sidelines as more and more government intervention is piled up on top of us until the growing and crushing weight of tyranny suffocates and paralyzes us in inaction?

Have we become a people so void of understanding that we would trade our God-given freedoms and liberty to pursue our dreams for sugar-coated freebies and government handouts.  Will we continue to support and install bleeding-heart politicians, who continue to raid our purse, in their quest to be masters and “saviors” of the people?

Will the American people continue to be duped into believing that a government that wants greater and greater control over the economy will not eventually, and of necessity, control us as well?  Will we, the American people, hand these pseudo-intellectuals in our nation’s capital, more and more power to control us through force and coercion?  Will we surrender our inexorable and inalienable rights and consider them only a dispensation of government?

November 2010 is our defining moment.

We must use the power of the voting booth to take back our country from the career politicians who are threatening to destroy our Republic and take away the freedoms intended for us by our Founding Fathers.  We must unceasingly strive and push until term limits become the Law of the Land.

We must have a rebirth of the true American spirit, rugged individualism, personal initiative, self-control and small government.  We must again regain a spirit of national dignity.  We must be challenged in the spirit of Patrick Henry, “Sirs, we are not weak if we make proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power… Besides, sirs, we shall not fight our battles alone.  There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations … the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”  Are government bailouts and handouts so dear and unceasing government programs and takeovers so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  May the nation this November thunderously declare through their vote, “forbid it, Almighty God!”

Gate Crashers! (illegal immigration)

President Calderon of Mexico, recently in the U.S., spoke of “migration” as a natural occurring phenomenon, as if Mexico was welcoming with open arms Central and South American “migrants” pouring into Mexico. That we know is a joke. His administration is totally against migration as a natural phenomenon when it is into his territory, Mexico, but feels confident in lecturing us that we should be ok when it happens to the U.S.

I recently read a letter purportedly written by a Mexican, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, from Arizona. I think the analogy is valid when speaking about illegal immigration or justice, a word which liberals love to throw around, means nothing.

Here is the quote:

“If you had tickets to a sports event, concert, Disneyland , or for an airline flight, and when you got to your assigned seat you found someone else was in that seat, what would you do? You would call for a person in charge of ticket checking and have the person in your seat removed. You would properly be asked to show your ticket, and you would gladly and proudly do so, for you have bought and paid for that seat. The person in your seat would also be asked for a ticket, which they would not be able to produce. They would be called “gate crashers” and they would properly be removed.

Now in this huge stadium called the USA we have had millions of gate crashers. We have been asking security to check for tickets and remove the gate crashers. We have been asking security to have better controls in checking at the door. We have asked security to lock the back doors. Security has failed us. They are still looking the other way. They are afraid to ask to see the tickets. Many people say there is unlimited seating, and whether there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price!

In “section AZ”, of “Stadium USA “, we have had enough of the failures of Security. We have decided to do our own ticket checking, and properly remove those who do not have tickets. Now it seems very strange to me that so many people in the other 49 “sections”, and even many in our own “section” do not want tickets checked, or even to be asked to show their ticket! Even the head of Security is chastising us, while not doing his own job which he has sworn to do.

My own ticket has been bought and paid for, so I am proudly going to show it when asked to do so. I have a right to my seat, and I want the gate crashers to be asked to show their tickets too. The only reason that I can imagine anyone objecting to being asked for their ticket is that they are in favor of gate crashing, and all of the illegal activities that go with it, such as drug smuggling, gang wars, murder, human smuggling for profit, and many more illegal and inhumane acts that we are trying to prevent with our new legislation. Is that what I am hearing from all of the protestors such as Phoenix Mayor Gordon, US Rep. Grijalva, even President Obama? If you are not in favor of showing tickets, (proof of citizenship, passport, green card, or other legal document) when asked, as I would do proudly, then you must be condoning those illegal activities.”

Makes perfect sense to me. What do you think?

’til next time,

Danny

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – The Left’s Tar Baby

Illegal immigration is the “tar baby” of the Left.

The current U.S. illegal immigration fiasco is not benign in any way. It poses a dangerous threat to our Republic. It is, I believe, a naïve attempt by our unwise leaders to exploit an issue for partisan, political gain. It is reminiscent of the historic Gothic invasion of the Roman Empire which eventually destroyed it from within.

In 376, tens of thousands of Goths arrived at the Danube River, the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, requesting asylum from the Roman Emperor Valens. Believing that he could benefit from these individuals coming into the Roman Empire, Valens promised them farm land, grain, and government protection. With such an enormous influx of Goths into the Roman Empire, Valens was unable to keep the promises he made them and herded them into temporary holding areas under guard. His dream of having the Goths increase the size of his army and gain a new tax base for his treasury was as naïve then as it is today under our current leadership.

The Goths feeling “mistreated” by the Emperor Valens rebelled and thus began the destruction of the Roman Empire. The very Goths that Emperor Valens had naively believed would be his advantage became his undoing. By the end of the Gothic wars (in 382), the Goths (those refugees envisioned by Emperor Valens to be his political trump card), had killed him, destroyed a Roman army and had laid waste large portions of the Roman Empire, much of which never recovered. For the first time in its history, the Roman Empire would negotiate a peace settlement with an autonomous barbarian tribe inside the borders of the Roman Empire. With the migration of the Goths over the Danube River, the Roman Empire collapsed as it was carved up into smaller barbarian kingdoms.

Today, our current leaders are just as naïve. They believe that giving lawbreakers (illegal immigrants) amnesty and citizenship (all the rights and promises pertaining thereto) will facilitate their continuance in power by increasing their (army) numbers. They will repeat Emperor Valens’ mistake and not only suffer the consequences themselves, but may also find, too late, that they gave up their nation, and their children, into the hands of modern barbarians who have no desire, as the Goths, to integrate into the society that gave them welcome.

2010 can usher in a new leadership who understands the dangers these lawbreakers pose to our Republic. Being of Mexican descent, this issue for me is not an issue of racism, it’s an issue of righteousness. Will we be a nation governed by laws or overrun by lawbreakers who unrighteously demand what they have not earned? Will we allow the modern-day Goths to invade our Republic, cheered on by our naïve, self-seeking, and law-ignoring politicians? If we do, we will certainly go the way of ancient Rome, and our children will, one day, rightly detest our cowardice.

God grant us grace.

‘til next time,

Danny

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