RETHINKING THE "COSMIC WALL" ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAYHow radical secularism erects a mythic wall between
church and state.
We no longer have, as we did at the founding, common moral ground. Without that common moral ground, the notion of a separation of church and state, understood as some kind of cosmic wall keeping religion from entering the public square, simply means the victory of Secularism as the new established national religion.
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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY—THE CONFUSIONS.
The issue of religious liberty has become a dangerous, snarled web of bamboozlement, one which seemingly traps Christians into accepting any belief--including atheism and radical Islam--in order to protect their own religious freedom.
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WILL ISLAM REPLACE CHRISTIANITY?The Paris attack and aftermath represent the pivot of what could displace Christianity and Secularism as the source of political, moral, legal, and social order.
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MORAL HAZARD AND THE COLLEGE DEBT CRISIS
The ongoing economic crisis, beginning in 2008 and still bedeviling us, has churned up an important concept, "moral hazard." The basic notion of moral hazard is easy enough to grasp. If certain institutions or individuals believe that they are insulated from the possible bad effects of their actions (e.g., if big banking firms know that the federal government will bail them out no matter what, or investment firms know that the same federal genie will pump up the stock market artificially), they will tend to act in careless or risky ways (e.g., trading in subprime mortgage bonds, while having insufficient funds to cover these perilous but high-yielding "investments").
The "hazard" in moral hazard is that there's no penalty for taking big risks. No matter how risky one's actions are on the "high wire," there's always a safety net provided by someone else--the government, or the taxpayers.
Sadly enough, the situation of moral hazard is not confined to the big banks on Wall Street, but has come to define every aspect of Main Street, and both streets came to such disrepair in part because they were paved with good intentions.
And nowhere is this more clear than with our current college debt crisis.
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"Christianity is being deliberately pushed out of our culture—so that secular liberalism can be established in its place.
One religion is being actively disestablished, while another is being (in fact, largely has been) established in its place."
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