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Separation of Church and State?

Okay, so to address the argument I hear spewed constantly, “Separation of church and state is guaranteed via our Constitution. Keep your religion out of our laws.”

Of course, it’s an easy argument to refute, you know, considering the fact that the phrase “separation of church and state” isn’t even in our Constitution! In fact, the separation the Constitution does mentions is the separation of powers between branches of government, and considering the Congress’s and Supreme Court’s inability to keep the Executive or each other in check these days, one wonders how much this is being violated.

Thomas Jefferson did mention the “wall of separation” in a letter ABOUT the first Amendment, but Jefferson was more concerned about the state invading onto the church. Not to mention the fact that the Constitution wasn’t even ratified by Jefferson, and that the language of the first amendment was understood and passed by devout church goers to be exactly as it reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof!” As in, if a bakery owner does not want to make a gay cake topper due to religious objections and free exercise, she has that constitutional right!

But beyond that, the idea that there is no religion in our laws is ludicrous!

There is a Christian moral standard, just as there is a moral standard to every belief. State law is dictated by one person or another’s moral standard. Whomever is in charge will always impose their belief system on the populace. I don’t believe incandescent lightbulbs are going to destroy the planet. But because somebody else holds this moral belief, they have been banned. Sharia law is the moral standard in other countries, replacing Habeas Corpus. It’s impossible to separate “church” and “state” when you broaden the definition of “church” to all moral belief systems. In America, law is determined by the moral code of those whom the majority have elected. This is now what the will of the people has determined. Christians, now as a minority, must deal with the laws of the current “church” that is in power. I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing, it’s just an observation I’m making.

So we are commanded to keep OUR religion out of law, but OTHER religion is permissible? I mention this to try and get you to recognize it for what it is. You’re fine pushing your belief system on others even as you scold us not to do so to you. Recognize that belief is belief and we ALL are working to try and get others to agree with us, regardless of where we stand on the religious and political spectrum.

Stop Motion Easter Animation – Matthew 26:31

For this coming Easter, I am working on a number of animations. I won’t reveal the finished pieces until after their debut at church Easter Sunday (to which you are all invited), however, in preparation, I created this six second stop motion VINE video as a working test, just playing around. Not often you get to see animation on this site. Hmmm… Maybe it’ll be a sign of things to come. Enjoy!

Recant

I debated on whether or not I wanted to go through with this cartoon. I know it’s going to cause controversy, and believe it or not, despite being a political cartoonist, I really don’t like controversy. What pushed me over the edge were the multiple cartoons out there equating Santorum as being the leader of the Crusades, here to chop off your head if you don’t accept his religion. What a bunch of inflammatory nonsense! And while the Catholic church does have the stain of the Crusades as part of their history, many, many more Christians and Catholics lost their lives from Roman times to present day, due only to their faith.

These recent attacks on Santorum are not really aimed at him, but at Christianity in general. They are quite telling. According to a number of Liberals I’ve talked with, if you proclaim your faith, it’s ramming it down people’s throats. Therefore, equating Christians to all kinds of horrible activities is justified. Yet, they wouldn’t dare say those kinds of things against the Muslim faith, even though some jihadists will kill you if you don’t accept their faith.

But the most frustrating thing of all is the legislation Obama passed that would force Catholic organizations to provide abortion and contraceptive services to their employees, despite their moral objections. What’s frustrating is not that Obama did this, for he has shown his true colors by now, but that many of my friends are saying this is an issue of freedom. By not forcing the organization to provide contraceptives is denying the employees their freedom, thus this legislation was necessary. Huh?

The choice of what the organization provides as compensation, paid or in benefits, to its employees, should be up to that organization. That’s freedom folks! Freedom is allowing everybody their choice, including the so-called big guy. It’s the employers company, the employer’s money, the employer’s risk and the employee freely chooses to work there. Nobody is forcing that employee to work there. If they don’t agree with the company’s moral standards, then find another job. Santorum had it right. By forcing Catholic organizations to provide contraceptive services, it’s the government forcing its belief system on the church! Liberals get so worked up about the imaginary “Wall of Separation,” yet if they want to have this wall, then they need to be willing to keep their liberal government out of the church as well.

I’m not a Catholic, and I rarely get offended, but this past week has been very instructive about how people really view the church. And let me tell you, some of the talk has been scary. Religious freedom in America is on attack, and that’s really what this cartoon is about.

A Fool Says In His Heart

Was privileged to illustrate the article by Lee Strobel discussing the various proofs for the existance of a Creator. You can read the full article here:

http://www.ccu.edu/centennial/review/mar11.asp

Natural Selection


A number of years ago, I went to hear a paleontology artist speak about his work. Knowing he was a staunch evolutionist, I was bracing myself to deal with possible conflicting evidence that may possibly have shaken my faith.

The artist talked a lot about his craft, his techniques, medium, etc., before he began launching into his diatribe about evolution. He talked extensively about the conclusive “evidence” and if it weren’t for the scientific “evidence,” he probably could believe in God.

He then proceeded to bring forth a sculpted skull he created for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “This,” he proclaimed excitedly, “is the missing link! It is derived from a skull fragment found in Northern Africa.” He gave us the name of this new half human, half ape creature, but I’ve since forgotten it.

“As an artist,” he went on, “I’m hired to use my understanding of science and my own artistic imagination to fill out the rest of the skull from the bone that was found. We used what we believe this Sapien species might have looked like, plus some artistic license to get it to this point.” Did I hear that right? Imagination? Artistic license? Starting with an already foregone conclusion to create your “evidence?”

This individual then showed us the bone fragment from which this fully rendered skull had come. It was the back of the cranium and registered a little more than 2” x 3.” That was it. I could have created Michelangelo’s David from that piece of bone! (well, if I was a better artist, I could have) That wasn’t conclusive at all! If this is the kind of “evidence” Darwinists want to use to support their theory, then I’d rather believe in a loving Creator/Artist, who specifically designed us for a purpose and desires communion with us!

Paul talks about the second gospel in the book of Romans. The first is obviously the written words of the apostles, which society has long sought to silence. The second, though, are the works of nature, as they speak of His creativity. We can choose to listen to the words of nature, or we can choose to drown them out with the humanistic theories of evolution.

I believe science studied with an open mind points to a creator. The origin of creation remains murky and hotly debated, even among Christians. You have old world creationists and new world creationists and intelligent design evolutionists. They all claim to have undeniable evidence. Yet, they all have one thing in common. The complexity of life is too grand to make all of this accidental.

The study of science drove Isaac Newton into full time ministry. Galileo believed his theory on the universe would enhance people’s understanding of God. I pray that your own study might bring you closer to Him.

From Ritter’s Pen

Happy Easter!

Palm Sunday

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