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    Free Market of Ideas

    With all the problems in our political system, One thing I am thankful for in the USA is that it recognizes people's limitations and innate capacity for corruption. The founders were forward looking enough to understand that we are corrupt by nature and thus needed be limited by a balance of power and a rule of law so that no one person or group of persons could get too much of it. Agreeing with this fundamental insight, the worst prospect imaginable, in my mind, is a theocracy on any side, because people will always be corrupted by power, whether religious or irreligious. So I oppose the idea of any statism ... whether it be secular or religious in nature. We should be a secular state because plurality is a fact. But we should not be a secularist state. The difference is between a fact and a philosophy. Philosophical Secularism can become just as dangerous as any theocracy. So my view is to oppose both religious and secular brand theocracies. I say, may there ever be a free market of ideas with no censorship in the public square of anyone. May 100 flowers bloom but may the best ideas prevail so long as other ideas are always allowed to be freely spoken. Anyone who believes they have truth should not fear such a state of affairs. I know that theonomists will be aghast at such a thought. So be it.

    Because of this I tend to vote for persons who want to limit the size of government, not expand it ...who want to bring down man from his perch, rather than grant him more powers. Unfortunately the size of government in the US is growing every year and the original vision is thereby getting clouded. Public education should be a place where all voices pro and con are allowed to be expressed. As it is now, only the secular progressivist voices are being heard in that part of the public square and it reeks of totalitarianism.

    Posted by John on September 12, 2008 03:33 PM

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