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Is Obama's America God's Country?

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The political beliefs of Barack Obama, said Rick Santorum last week, come out of "some phony theology. ... Not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology."

Given the opportunity on "Face the Nation" to amend his remarks, Santorum declined the offer and plunged on:

"I don't question the president's faith. I've repeatedly said that I believe the president is a Christian. He says he is a Christian. I am talking about his worldview and the way he approaches problems in this country. ... They're different than how most people do in America."

Obama's surrogates on the Sunday shows charged Santorum with questioning the president's faith.

Not exactly. What Santorum is saying is that in the struggle for the soul of America, though Obama may profess to be, and may be, a Christian, he is leading the anti-Christian forces of what Pope Benedict XVI has called "radical secularism."

In Plano, Texas, last week, Santorum was even more explicit:

"They (the Obamaites) are taking faith and crushing it. Why? Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what's left is the French Revolution. ... What's left in France became the guillotine.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we're a long way from that, but if we ... follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road."

Santorum is saying that where Thomas Jefferson attributed our human equality and our right to life and liberty to a Creator, secularism sees no authority higher than the state. But what the state gives, the state can take away.

The media think Santorum is singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" while heading off into the fever swamps. But Santorum is wagering his political future on his assessment of where we are in 2012.

He sees America dividing ever more deeply between those who hold to traditional Christian views on marriage, life and morality, and those who have abandoned such beliefs. He believes that the former remain America's silent majority, and he is offering himself as their champion against a militant secularism that has lately angered more than just the right.

Last week, Santorum declared that radical environmentalism is also rooted in this same anti-Biblical view of mankind's purpose here on earth.

"I think that a lot of radical environmentalists have it backwards.

This idea that man is here to serve the earth as opposed to husband its resources and be good stewards of the earth. Man is here to use the resources and use them wisely, but man is not here to serve the earth."

This is straight out of Genesis:

"Then God said, 'Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Santorum seems to want to steer his primary and general election campaign into a conflict that goes back deep into American history and has surfaced time and again.

An early triumph of secularism came with the Scopes trial in 1923 in Dayton, Tenn. Clarence Darrow, defending a teacher who had violated state law by introducing Darwin's theory of evolution into the classroom, mocked the Old Testament teachings of the Evangelical Christians, to the merriment of the establishment.

From that day on, Darwinism was taught in our schools, first as theory, then as fact, then as higher truth. With the Darwinian tenet — we evolved, we were not created — established truth in the public schools, secularism set about driving its enemy, Christianity, out completely.

Under the Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s, it succeeded.

All Christian commandments, holidays, prayers, pageants and plays were gone. Where Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter had declared that America is a Christian nation, Obama has declared, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," but rather a nation of all faiths.

Santorum is undeniably taking an immense gamble here.

First, he is wagering that by emphasizing his moral, social and cultural conservatism, he can trump Mitt Romney's Bain Capital job-creator card.

Second, he is wagering that Obama, with his latest attempt to impose secular values on Catholic institutions, can be portrayed as possessed of an "overt hostility to faith in America."

Third, he is wagering that he has the rhetorical and political skills to make this case to the nation through the prism of a hostile media.

Fourth, he is betting that these issues are also the concern of a plurality of Americans in a country far different from the one he grew up in.

Finally, Santorum is betting that Americans still believe this is God's country, that America's laws should reflect his Law, and that they will elevate to the presidency a man who presents himself as the instrument to carry out God's will.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Keep your religious beliefs, views, theology, whatever, in your own home and your house of worship and out of tax supported institutions and any institution that receives federal money, especially our schools! Why? Because your religious beliefs are different from mine, my neighbors beliefs, are different from yours and from mine, my friend doesn't believe, my teacher is a darwinist, my dentist practices Wicca, and my doctor and her nurse are homosexual.


My point is, being a Christian doesn't make you right and doesn't give you the right to expect to have your, and only your religious views in our textbooks or in public schools paid with my tax $$ to my kids and the kids of all the people mentioned above, your version of the truth.
School is to educate in Math, history, the Sciences, etc. Darwinism is taught with the Sciences,just as Einstein's theories are taught in math. The home and the Church or house of worship is where you take or send your kids if you want to teach them your religion and/or it's version of how we and the world came to be. Enroll your child in a Religious Anthropology class and help them to realize the only reason they hold the beliefs they hold isn't because it's the only or the best, it's because their parents indoctrinated them with those beliefs. Children born to Hindu parents teach Hinduism, Muslims teach Islam, Jews teach Judaism.

Hell, we don't even agree on the name of the Creator and some argue the name doesn't matter it's one and the same. Yeah, then what difference does it make how we choose to worship. Why is my way wrong and yours is the only way?. Till someone gets the name right beyond a doubt, you'll never make the case your religion is the right one or that we should exchange the teaching of evolution to whatever Genesis teaches. I prefer the teachings of Hinduism as to how the world and man came to be. Why can't we exchange evolution for the Hindu belief?
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Posted by: demecra zydeem
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:06 PM
These kind of issues is why I like Ron Paul.
If you get government out of the lives of the citizens each can go about pursuing their "happiness" - whatever that belief system may be.
Call it Mother Nature's way - as she likes diversity.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Morbid
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:08 AM
To clarify my comment: I have no argument with prayer in school or anywhere else, nor with children expressing their love and belief in a God through voice or writings within the classroom. (Extremist secular fanatics raise their ugly heads. Chop 'em off!) Nor do I have a problem with chlldren choosing to abstain from prayer and raised without belief in something greater than the known (Enter extremist religious right fanatics raising their ugly heads. Chop 'em off!) Problems arise when parents or the ACLU involve themselves with their pettiness of one-upmanship or are so fearful their child will be tainted by association with those who think, worship, and act contrary to themselves. Shouldn't a child be allowed to experience and learn about differences in their youth to develop the understanding of "Love thy neighbor as thyself"; "Judge not lest you be judged"?
Comment: #3
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:26 AM
Buchanan is not suggesting that evolution should not be taught in schools....he is reviewing how such events (not just evolution, but prayer in schools, etc) in the past history of our country have taken it's viewpoints into another direction. Buchanan was attempting to point out the Santorum's speech was not about questioning the president's faith but rather the direction that he is taking regarding our nation's heritage and its relationship to the rest of the world. I'm a conservative evangelical with Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and even Agnostic friends...that doesn't mean I object to evolution being taught in schools...nor would I insist that creationism be taught in its place. In fact my only problem with the subject of evolution is that it is not looked at as a theory, but instead as the holy gospel of a new intolerant faith known as Darwinism. Darwinism has reached a status beyond science in which it cannot be questioned even using the rules of empirical evidence that is taught as the basis for scientific thought. The gaps or exceptions to the theory are plentiful and vast, but little to any of these "exceptions" are even discussed in today's classrooms. To be true to the philosophy of science there should be a attempt to not only teach the theory of evolution but also what we've learned about its failure in addressing some of its major points of contention revealed thanks in part to the advent of improved technology. "Indoctrination" isn't confined to just religious beliefs...you can be indoctrinated into atheism as well as you can into Christianity. I don't understand the contention that somehow we offend others as a nation because we have long been identified as "Christian". Speaking from experience, I never felt offended while serving in Middle Eastern countries whose citizens practiced their Islamic faith or in European cities where hardly anyone identified with any faith at all. Christianity like it or not is a part of who we are as a country due to our past history and a large population of people who identify themselves as Christian...that doesn't mean that people from other faiths aren't welcome here or can't express their viewpoints. Lastly...the separation of church and state was never intended to read the replacement of church with state. To ignore the contributions of Judeo-Christian beliefs in the founding/establishment of this country is not only in opposition to the constitution but short-changes generations of future Americans in their education of what has made us unique as a nation.
Comment: #4
Posted by: silverthane
Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:56 PM
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