To place a picture of Jesus in a public school hallway is by no means preferential treatment of Christianity, as suggested in the Feb. 18 letter, “Beliefs of the Founders.” The First Amendment is meant to keep the government’s hands off religion, not take religion out of government.
Everyone brings presuppositions to every forum of life into which they move. We have to stop pretending that neutrality guides our thinking, especially in matters of government.
America’s founding had many influences, any culture does, but to deny the role of Christianity at its deepest level is to simply ignore or redact our history.
The Reformation, beginning with Martin Luther, swept through Europe and England from the 1500s to the 1700s, turning countless numbers of people back to a biblical view of salvation and history.
The emphasis was that God and the Bible provided the absolute moral values to govern life and society. This was the predominant worldview which the Pilgrims and colonists brought to America and integrated into much of life.
The Enlightenment was also a movement in Europe which somewhat overlapped the Reformation. French philosophers Rousseau and Voltaire are seen as the founders of this movement, which stood in stark contrast to the Reformation.
It was based on a belief in the perfectibility of man through human reason alone, without eternal moral absolutes to give meaning and purpose to life. Human “Reason” was deified, and government was seen as the sole arbiter of morality. This eventually led to the Reign of Terror under Robespierre and the slaughter of 40,000 people.
Even during the height of the Terror, the French foolishly held to this premise until the dictatorship of Napoleon ushered in a new wave of arbitrary, absolute standards.
The Enlightenment was not the core belief weaved into our founding documents and its people. I strongly suggest anyone interested in knowing more about the rise of Western Culture read Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live.
Though published in 1976, its relevance seems stronger today, considering where our current administration has taken this nation.
Getting the jobs done
Ohio Democrats have been relentlessly assailing Gov. John Kasich’s proposals with misleading, partisan attacks since he unveiled his bold and innovative Ohio Jobs 2.0 Budget.
This is disconcerting. Ohio Democrats such as Ted Strickland presided over the loss of more than 400,000 jobs in Ohio before Kasich was elected, and yet Democrats seem to have no desire to cooperate to help undo their mess.
Kasich has continued to lead since he took office in 2011, focusing like a laser on empowering Ohioans to create jobs. Ohio now leads the Midwest in job creation, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. National news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek have praised Kasich’s job creation policies, pointing out how important his tax reform plan is for small businesses to compete.
Ohio Democrats fouled things up big time, and now refuse to admit responsibility or to help clean up after themselves. That’s not leadership. Kasich knows what it takes to get the economy moving again, and Ohioans like me can tell. His plans work.