Faith Over Freedom

by | Oct 16, 2000

Vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman recently called for the United States "to reaffirm our faith and renew the dedication of our nation and ourselves to God and God's purposes."

It used to be that we could count on the conservatives to provide more freedom in the economic realm (e.g. tax cuts, deregulation), and liberals to respect freedom in the privacy of your home (e.g. separation of church and state, freedom of thought).

Apparently, that’s all changed now — at least on the liberal side.

Vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman recently called for the United States “to reaffirm our faith and renew the dedication of our nation and ourselves to God and God’s purposes.”

Now imagine if, say, Ronald Reagan had said such a thing. (He probably did). He would rightly be condemned for bringing religion into the political realm. Do you think the major media will condemn Gore and Lieberman for taking such a stance? No way. They might not like it; but Gore and Lieberman are still their men.

From a political standpoint, what people do with their own minds or souls, if you will, is their own business. If they spend time thinking about supernatural forces, that’s their business. If they choose to be totally secular and atheistic, that’s also their business. So long as they do not act in a violent or fraudulent way towards anyone, the government should not care what citizens believe or do not believe.

It’s bad enough that the “liberals” want to nationalize health care, outlaw the internal combustion engine, raise taxes, and force businesses to do the government’s politically correct bidding. Now they want to intimidate all of us into praying, as well.

I don’t happen to pray. But if I did, I would pray that Lieberman never rises to the Presidency.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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