The effort to hush-up Republicans on social issues is all part of the push to rid the GOP of social conservatives, to make the party indistinguishable from the Democrats on cultural and moral issues.
As such, Gillespie trumpets the rise of the “unchurched” in our country, and the rise of people turning away from religion in a separate piece that appeared in Time Magazine.
Gillespie better be careful what he wishes for. He claims that this is leading to a more “tolerant” society, but missed the near-criminalization of those who still believe in God’s definition of marriage. You know…the traditional definition affirmed by majorities of voters in 36 states.
People have had their businesses closed, been fired from their jobs, suffered harassment, and even death threats for not going along with this judicially-imposed sham (same sex marriage), allegedly done in the name of “freedom” and tolerance.”
The reality is that as religion has declined in America, statism as increased.
As we turn away from the church, and from God, we have turned to government to save us. And in so doing, traded our birthright of liberty for a few trinkets and security. We’ve replaced God with government because, as it has been observed countless times throughout history, “nature abhors a vacuum.”
Nick Gillespie ends his Time piece with this:
Republicans can win the White House in 2016, but only if they put forth a powerful agenda to address worldly problems while leaving religion where it belongs: in houses of worship.
This sounds like Obama when he refers to “freedom of worship” as opposed to “freedom of religion.”
In other words, you goofy Christians can be religious within the four walls of your church at 11:00 am on Sundays, but don’t you dare bring it out into the public square where the rest of us can see it.
When libertarians make pronouncements like this, they are falling directly into the Left’s clutches. Religion is not something to be relegated to 11 am on Sunday, but rather a part of a people’s identity, just like their political leanings.
Would Mr. Gillespie like it if I said:
“I don’t mind you being a libertarian, just leave your libertarian beliefs within the four walls of Reason Magazine where it belongs.”
If not, I suggest that he not flip out about politicians expressing religion and a belief in turning America back to God. America has been, since its inception a God-fearing nation.
Governor Jindal is not looking for a government-imposed religion in America. If he were, his defenders would join in Gillespie’s criticism. But I remind you, it is us God-fearing social conservatives (the ones libertarians want driven out of the GOP) who are the biggest proponents of limited government.
We are the ones who promote candidates, promote causes, get people like your friend Rand Paul elected to public office, and push back hardest against government overreach.
As President Reagan once said:
“If we ever forget we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under.”
Governor Jindal seems to understand that; it’s about time everyone else understood it too.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.