"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

God and Country

There were some an interesting references these past few days  in terms of religion ,country and the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. No real purpose in this post, I just found the contrast to be interesting.

Rev.Paul Scalia,a Roman Catholic priest and Antonin Scalia's son,  in his homily at his fathers funeral mass said that Justice Scalia saw no conflict loving God and loving one's country.
"He knew well what a close-run thing the founding of our nation was, and he saw in our founding, as did the founders themselves, a blessing, A blessing quickly lost when faith is banned from the public square, or when we refuse to bring it there. So he understood there is no conflict between loving God and loving one's country, Between one's faith and one's public service. Dad understood that the deeper he went in his Catholic faith, the better a citizen and public servant he became. God blessed him with a desire to be the country's good servant, because he was God's first."

Then there is this from conservative  radio host Glen Beck. Did he really say God killed Scalia so Cruz could be elected President?
On the radio speaking as "God" he said  "I just woke the American people up. I took them out of the game show moment and woke enough of them up to say, 'Look how close your liberty is to being lost, The Constitution is hanging by a thread. That thread has just been cut. And the only way that we survive now is if we have a true constitutionalist."  In a Facebook post the next day, he denied that he meant that God killed Scalia so that Cruz could be elected President. "What I did say is 'perhaps God allowed Scalia to die at this time to wake America up to how close we are to the loss of our freedom, I happen to believe in divine providence. Americans historically have. Maybe you do not. That is your choice and I do not mock you for not. Why mock me for believing in a traditional view of God?"  Glen Beck was raised Catholic but is now a practicing Mormon. There are many Christians, myself included,who do not agree that his is a " traditional" view of God.

1 comment:

Joseph Cormier said...

From a former Roman Catholic seminarian, two years, high school freshman and sophomore years, at Bucksport, Maine; Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Now, a strong believer in God. She is benevolent! But now, leans more to, but is not quite an agnostic, than practicing Catholic.

Admirer of Scalia on SCOTUS.

Hopefully, this thread won't become a theological/political pissing contest. The close to two years I also spent in Vietnam (May 67- Feb. 69), also impacted my religious, not spiritual views. I only fixed bayonet once, in all that time.

Maybe the town meeting will have metal detectors! I probably shouldn't have "let the cat out of the bag" about my Article 2 amendment!