Open mindedness and God’s creation
I attended Bible study with my dad while visiting him in Florida. Each weekday, he gets up early in the morning to attend Bible study that is held at Zalek’s alternator and starter repair shop in Ocala. Carl Zalek Jr. is running for Commissioner and his voter sign says “conservative.”
Other fellows that attend the daily meeting include a registered nurse, a nonprofit Interfaith services executive, ministers of different faiths, and my Dad. You might expect that they are all pretty conservative, though my dad is very liberal. Further, each of these people has a different take on interpreting the Bible.
Basically, there are literalists, people who try to derive strict meaning from literal interpretation, and then there are those who place the Bible in historical context and allow for more flexible and adaptable translation. Then, there are science-oriented people like my dad, someone who accommodates evolution versus creationists.
I don’t belong here, but I am accommodating my dad and I like his friends.
So here is an article that talks about an invention, “constitutional conservative.” It focuses on the notion that God created people with certain rights as spelled out in the Bill of Rights. It emphasizes that the rights exist for human’s independent from their government having adopted them.
I could debate the existence of a “creator.” Stephen Hawking said recently that the universe could be created without God. I believe that.
The universe is infinite in an outward direction; it is equally infinite in an inward direction. The concept of universe and science is so vastly complex that it seems silly to quarrel over human efforts to explain it. If God helps explain it, so be it.
If people think they can explain things without reference to God and religion, well it must be that way for a reason. Then again, it may be that way for no reason at all.
“Natural law, 'nature's God' and the constitutional conservative
Joe Miller, the West Point and Yale Law School educated Republican nominee for US Senate in Alaska, calls himself a "constitutional conservative." Michele Bachmannand Rand Paul do too. Sarah Palin brands the candidates she has endorsed with the label constitutional conservative. Like it or not, there will be a new batch of constitutional conservatives elected on November 2. But, what does it mean to be constitutional conservative?
Rand Paul says it is, "a conservative who actually believes in smaller government and more individual freedom." Michelle Bachmann, along with 95 members of Congress, endorsed the "Declaration of Health Care Independence" with its "10 constitutional conservative principles." According to Sarah Palin, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is not a "hard-core constitutional conservative." Democrat Congressman Jim McGovern is definitely not a constitutional conservative. McGovern recently said, "I think the Constitution is wrong."
Although the Republican candidates who embrace constitutional conservatism have different ideas about how to address specific issues, there is one concept that provides the movement's underpinning - the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."
For constitutional conservatives, the Declaration of Independence encompasses the "Laws of Nature" and it guides their understanding of the US Constitution.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
The "Laws of Nature" establish that the basic rights we enjoy as Americans do not originate in the US Constitution, nor do they exist because they are written in the Bill of Rights, legislation, or court decisions. Legislators and judges do not endow people with "unalienable Rights," our "Creator" does.
John Locke laid the groundwork for the Declaration of Independence. In his Second Treatise on Governmenthe answers a fundamental question - if man has natural rights, why does he desire any government, even the most limited?”