Is anyone really suprised that the Obama Administration does not see religious
persecution as a priority?
Sunni vs. Shia? Religion should be restricted more.
The way I see it the fact that we even have a government post called
"religion ambassador" speaks volumes. It shouldn't just be vacant,
it shouldn't exist.
Completely agree with Wraith. Freedom of religion flows from equality and
freedom of speech. We're getting the cart before the horse. Besides, the
best ambassador of these ideas is how we practice it here. "Wherever you
go, preach. Use words if necessary." (St. Francis of Assisi)
"could score an easy win by appointing someone capable to this
position."Eh, it'd just be filibustered anyway.
It is pretty sad when Jay spends time to lament the fact that no one has been
appointed as Religion Ambassador, but fails to spend any time lamenting all the
Presidential appointments that can't be filled because the Congress refuses
to vote on the nominees. The fact the most Ambassadors are political hacks who
have bought their positions goes nearly all the way back in the history of the
United States. I seem to remember an Ambassador Kennedy in Great Britain, an
Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, and many many others. As to the effect of
religion on the world, I think Jay missed the boat again. Most of the worlds
fights, feuds, assassinations, genocides are done by the religious in the name
of religion. The current Iraq brouhaha is being done by the proponents of
several religions against other religions.
The misunderstanding of the purpose of religion is a world-wide plague. God
gave us simple rules. Christ expounded on those rules. When Christ taught us
to pray, He used the words: "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as
it is in heaven".That is the key to religion: doing God's
will, whether we are on the earth or whether we are in heaven. The wars blamed
on religion should have be blamed on people using religion as an excuse to gain
power over others. They certainly weren't trying to make earth life like
heaven life. They certainly weren't trying to create a Zion where all
people were treated with love and respect. They certainly weren't using
patience and long-suffering when faced with people whose ideas differed from
their own.Yes, we need an ambassador of religion, but preferably
someone who believes in God and is God-like in his or her own life.
Mike Richards Should believe in. whose God exactly ? Your God, or on of
the other hundrads of Gods that versious people believe in?
What do you expect from a political party, the majority of which voted against
re-instating a plank in their platform honoring God?
We don't need a religion ambassador. I thought conservatives wanted
government out of our lives, that the government shouldn't be interfering
in private matters. Or is that just on things they don't like, otherwise,
they are pleased as punch for the government to support their activities. Mike Richards, while my religious beliefs are similar to yours, I am not
really into imposing those views on others as you seem to be. Christ, prophets
and anyone else may have issued teachings, but that does not translate into
government activity and involvement. I know you feel strongly about your
beliefs, but they are your religious beliefs and nothing more.
to TolstoyWe should nominate Mike R; there is no one better about
preaching to the masses about religion/morals.
@BrentBot asks "What do you expect from a political party, the majority of
which voted against re-instating a plank in their platform honoring God?"Well, I would expect that they would be less superstitious than those
who voted for such a "plank" in their platform. And that they would not
believe that lightning will strike if they doubt what someone else believes to
be the Truth.
We get it - you hate Obama.
What a snarky editorial. Lots of clever little jabs against Obama in there.
Tea Partiers gonna love it.
marxistSalt Lake City, UTWe get it - you hate Obama.WonderProvo, UTWhat a snarky editorial. Lots of clever little jabs
against Obama in there. Tea Partiers gonna love it.The WraithKaysville, UTThe way I see it the fact that we even have a government
post called "religion ambassador" speaks volumes. It shouldn't just
be vacant, it shouldn't exist.Agreed!I personally
find it wrong and not very Christian of the DN to publish snarky digs at the
President of the United States over made-up issues. Obama has an impossible job,
so he will make actual mistakes: criticism of him ought to wait for those.