True Conservatism

Former Republican Congressman, Mickey Edwards is the author of Reclaiming Conservatism: How A Great American Political Movement Got Lost – and How it Can Find Its Way Back. In this article, Edwards makes an interesting point:

True conservatives are, above all, believers in the underlying precept of the Constitution, individual freedom. The nation was very deliberately founded without state religion and with an official prohibition against any religious test for the holding of public office…

Americans are a religious people and, Christopher Hitchens notwithstanding, that is a good thing. Religion has fostered empathy and instilled social responsibility among many believers. But while we are a religious people, we are a secular nation. To equate American leadership with a commitment to any single religion is a dangerous departure from the constitutional principles which underlie not only American law but American conservatism.

5 Responses to True Conservatism

  1. William Teach January 12, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    I believe his “point” is erroneous. We are not a secular nation. We are a nation which allows for religious freedom, and religion in politics. The 1st Amendment is saying that government cannot FORCE a national religion down the People’s throats, as it was in Olde England.

    His last sentence does make sense, though. I think people are getting a little too hung up on Mitt being a Mormaon. Of course, after saying that, I would be highly against a Muslim running for President.

  2. Silke January 12, 2008 at 8:39 pm #

    You may be right, Teach. Perhaps it would have been better to say we have a secular government.

    I like how Charles Krauthammer put it:

    Now, there’s nothing wrong with having a spirited debate on the place of religion in politics. But the candidates are confusing two arguments. The first, which conservatives are winning, is defending the legitimacy of religion in the public square. The second, which conservatives are bound to lose, is proclaiming the privileged status of religion in political life.

    Why are you against a Muslim running for President?

  3. William Teach January 13, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    I think the best way to put it would be “we have a federal government that cannot say that one religion is official.” Interesting, if one is a strict Constitutionalist, it means that States CAN make one religion official for that State.

    In case you missed it, Muslims are the ones that are attempting to force Sharia law on the rest of the world, being suicide bombers, killing people in the name of religion, etc.

  4. Silke January 13, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    Teach said: In case you missed it, Muslims are the ones that are attempting to force Sharia law on the rest of the world, being suicide bombers, killing people in the name of religion, etc.

    So you assume ALL Muslims must be like this? Wow, I can’t believe you just said that.

  5. William Teach January 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    Yeah, pretty much, believe it. Whatever happened to all those “moderate Muslims” that were going to disavow what is being done in the name of their religion? Sure, there are a few. But, most keep their mouths shut and utter not a word against the Muslim terrorists, the way women are treated in MUSLIM countries, etc, and so on.

    Personally, I am not all that interested in Sharia law here in the USA.

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