According to Bill O'Reilly, govt. endorsement of Christianity is OK because...Some of us don't want to live in a theocracy
I know, Doc. That's the point that I just made. Nws that we HAVE been living in a relative *theocracy* for the past couple hundred years; at least according to the prevailing Progressive political metric.
But I suspect that when the 'experiment' is over, men like you and me will agree that it is damn near impossible for govenments to govern individuals who are more inclined to follow Nature...than...what? Patriotism? Community spirit? Morality...whatever that is. Rather than to believe that they are eternally accountable, and able to live and prosper according to the morality (or immorality) of their choices?
I think that if you take away the very concept of an eternal and accountable soul...all that is left is NOW; and a sure end to that now. What manner of psychological dynamic would that create in relatively simple-minded individuals?
Pretty easy to imagine. Eat, drink and be 'merry'. And compete for the ability to do so.
We could go forward into the subjective abstract quagmire...and we have already. Water under the bridge. Suffice it to say that in my own mind, I have Spiritual/philosophical answers that work for me...but won't work for others. I'll bear witness to what I believe to be good and true...but I would never support a Government that FORCED an individual to believe contrary to their chosen values/beliefs. Only a Government that presented BOTH SIDES, as a matter of civic education in schools as a 'promotion of the common welfare'. Let each individual know BOTH ALTERNATIVE views...and then let them freely choose on the basis of an educated choice. Ignorance...is costly.
If there is a God...that would be it's preference. Ecucation...and choice. Know the Truth...it sets you free. Eternal existance...eternal non-existance. True sovereignty. You and me are the arbiter of our future and current reality. Fair enough.