THE CONSTITUTION: THE FIRST AMENDMENT

ETHICS and the CONSTITUTION

The First Amendment to the Constitution protects religion from government but not the reverse, and in no way demeans religion or its effects.

Freedom of religion is ensured by the First Amendment, as are other freedoms as well. But in cases where a religion conflicts with our Constitution or its protections, the Law must prevail. This is the case with Islam, which along with its (Muslim) religion includes an ideology (embracing Sharia Law) that does not recognize the freedoms ensured by the Constitution but is instead in opposition to them. The Qu’ran is in direct conflict with our inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and human rights generally. It  does not tolerate any religion other than Islam (further evidence of our Judeo-Christian roots—Islam was not in any way a factor in our founding and is not supported by

THE ETHICS of FAITH

IS GOD?   ETHICS and the UNPROVEN

The atheist claims that God does not exist because He can’t be proven.  I offer an explanation, admittedly not proof, but posit that proof is not necessary.  We accept certain basic hypotheses that cannot be proven as fact.  Why not one more?

That we live on this earth is a fact, but that we are  physically connected to it is assumed to be proven fact.  It is not.   I refer of course to gravity, which is only a theory and not proven.

We know it by experience, and can even measure it, but we do so in terms of earth—not universally.  That it exists universally is known, but what and why it is remains unproven.  Yet we accept it unconditionally.  This is known as an act of faith.

A Serious Thinker – Steve Jobs

ETHICS and ATHEISM

I wanted to share with you my response to today’s Wall Street Journal article “Steve Jobs: The Secular Prophet” by Mr. Andy Crouch (the letter was printed in slightly shortened form):

Andy Crouch‘s redoubtable article on Steve Jobs reminds us of the secularism ostensibly typical of our age.  But is it really?  Socrates, the Buddha and Emerson aside, secularism is a temporal concept denying religion and even spirituality.  Few serious thinkers, probably including Mr. Jobs, would deny an element of spirituality in man.  The evidence is abundant that we are more than mere physical machines, that there is an aspect of humanity—a vital ingredient—that transcends the temporal in some way.   If not some form of spirit, what?  It is not necessary to believe in an afterlife to appreciate that such a dimension exists in addition to the four that we can appreciate directly. Because we cannot articulate it fully does not negate it.