Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Musings

A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...

So, I finally gave up on waiting for my Missal that was on back order. I don't blame the internet company I ordered from. This long wait was not their fault. They obviously have to contend with the publisher and the backlog of orders that flooded the system after the new translation was released. However, I also know that I can find Missals on store shelves at brick-and-mortar shops here where I live. So there is no sense in waiting any longer. I canceled my online order and will now plan a trip to one of those local stores. So much for the internet being a quick and easy alternative to shopping.

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This being an election year, here's an interesting tidbit. Who do you think said the following?...
"...secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square. Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, Doroth Day, Martin Luther King, the majority of the great reformers in American history were not only motivated by faith, but they repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause. So to say that men and women should not inject their personal morality into public policy debates is a practical absurdity. Our law is by definition a codification of our morality, much of it which is grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition."
So who said it?

Answer: Barack Obama!
(at the Sojourners/Call to Renewal Conference in 2006)

Now if only he would live up to those words instead of shutting out religious institutions from public debate and forcing faith-based organizations to comply with his secularist agenda. ...But I won't hold my breath.

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There seems to be a loss of interest in the Protestant Facebook Bible Study in which I have been participating. No activity last week, and no sign of activity this week. So for now I will hold off posting anything about it here until or unless something interesting happens there.


  1. When has President Obama "[shut] out religious institutions from public debate and forc[ed] faith-based organizations to comply with his secularist agenda?"

    1. A specific example would be the HHS mandate requiring religious institutions to provide contraception coverage for employees. Religious institutions are being forced to comply with this mandate. I would characterize this mandate as "secularist" because it ignores the very religious nature of the hospitals, schools, etc. that are affected by the mandate. In effect, it forces these institutions to deny their faith and conform to a "secular" agenda. These institutions must comply or face a penalty. Anyone voicing concern that religious liberties are being violated have been ignored, or at best they are given lip-service from the Administration, telling them, "We hear your concern, but we're pushing ahead with our agenda."

      So that is why I would say that the Obama has "[shut] out religious institutions from public debate and forc[ed] faith-based organizations to comply with his secularist agenda."

      More generally, I would say that the Obama Administration shows it's bias against religious speech in the public sphere when they repeatedly substitute the phrase "freedom of worship" instead of "freedom of religion." The implication being that the Obama Administration views religious liberty as ONLY protecting the rights of religious people to gather in "worship," but not to exercise their religion in any other setting, especially in public debate.

      I personally sense a hostility toward people of faith coming from the Democratic Party in general and specifically this President. Obviously you are free to disagree.

      Thank you for reading the blog. And I do appreciate the question.