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Easy responses to those dismissing your political views because they align with your religious views

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You will often find skeptics and theological Liberals trying to dismiss your views because they are driven by or merely align with your religious views.  They invoke the oft-misunderstood “separation of church and state” notion (for the 237th time, that phrase is not in the Constitution).  But the 1st Amendment protects religious speech, it doesn’t restrict it.

Aside from that, here are some quick and easy replies when people try to dismiss your pro-life, pro-real marriage, etc. views.  You are simply pointing out that the issue isn’t religious views, it is them being unwilling to argue the issues on their merits.  They are trying to dismiss your views without having to respond to them.

1. “Do I  have to vote opposite of my religious views or be silent about them?   Christianity teaches me not to kill atheists and steal their stuff.  So am I “forcing my religious beliefs on you” if I support laws against theft and murder?”

This argument shows how they are just dismissing your views because they disagree with them.  They have no issue with your religious views in principle, just the ones they disagree with – which means religion isn’t the issue.

2. “Do you protest the religious speech of theological Liberals?  I can point you to countless false teachers and religious types who insist that God is pro-abortion, pro-gay theology, pro-open borders, pro-wealth redistribution, etc.  Can you show me where you are just as active in dismissing their religious views as you are mine?”

This points out their hypocrisy in claiming to oppose religious views when they really just oppose religious views they disagree with.  Again, it shows that religion isn’t the issue.  I’ve yet to find one person crying “separation” against theological Liberals.

3. “My arguments (for pro-life, pro-real marriage, etc. positions) didn’t even mention religion.  But if you want to bring Jesus into this I’ll be glad to.”

I can and do argue for many of these issues without using “religion.”  I save the biblical arguments for those claiming to be Christian, or I am at least very careful in keeping the arguments separate.  For example, to advance the pro-life view I just need the irrefutable scientific fact that  the unborn are unique, living human beings from conception and some simple philosophy (we shouldn’t destroy innocent human beings for 99% of the reasons given for abortion).

When opponents will reflexively use the anti-religion card I have fun pointing out that I haven’t used religious arguments.  But hey, if they want to talk religion that would be great!  This argument shows them that they are mired in stereotype-land and are just trying to dismiss opposing views without doing the hard work of responding based on facts and logic.

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Have fun with these!  Use them gently.

Roundup

Ahhh Yes, Just Another Argument For Home Schooling!Bus driver calls student a “stupid little bigot,” among other things, for sharing her religious views.  Sounds like the school lied about what was on the video tapes and the parents only found out when they sued to see them.  Amazingly, the school didn’t discipline the driver in any way or even put her on another route.

This a bus driver. Not a teacher or administrator. This is someone that is paid minimal wages to transport children to and from school, not to bash the children over their religious views.

How Christianity Encourages Scientific InquiryOne commenter claimed that:

“If it were up to Christianity, we wouldn’t even know what those little lights in the SKY at NIGHT are.”

My response (more here):

That’s odd, because the writer of Genesis knew that there were a vast number of stars, akin to the number of grains of sand in the sea.

And he knew it when people at that time (and for a couple thousands more years) thought there were only 1,100 stars or so (See Genesis chapters 15, 22 and 32).

The writer sure was lucky, eh?

He also made a “lucky” and rather confident assertion that the universe came into being a point in time.

I’ve started using Windows Live Writer, a free desktop application, to edit my posts.  It mirrors the WordPress format but has several advantages:

  • lets me copy draft files to make templates (big timesaver!)
  • capability to write offline
  • easier picture importing and editing
  • easier to copy and paste links
  • more!

Installation tips and overview here.

Maybe Pre-abortion Ultrasounds Are Emotionally Torturous For A Reason

Why can’t Obama Find Time For Arizona Gov. Brewer?  He finds time to talk to the head of Iran and other “friends” of the U.S. but can’t talk to a U.S. governor whose laws he has criticized and whose borders he is obligated to protect?

Despite some twisting done by pro-abortionists, Susan B. Anthony: Pro-life was a pro-lifer.

Best caption of the week, or possibly the month, by the Wintery Knight: “Unborn baby schemes about pro-life persuasion.”  He looks like a little Mr. Burns from The Simpsons (“Excellent”).