Church and State; national debt – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Keep the church, the state separate

A Catholic priest, an evangelical pastor and a rabbit walk into a blood donation clinic. “What blood type are you? the clerk asks the priest. “B.” Volunteer Evangelical Pastors, “AB”. “And you?” the clerk asks the bunny, who replies, “I’m probably a type O.” I wish the news about Christian nationalism today resulted from “typo”.

Christian nationalism blighted Europe before our founders split to forge a government free from religious control.

They knew that ungodly marriage resulted in abuse by kings and queens “in the name of God.” The Church/State imposed arbitrary laws, political wars and a tortuous inquisition. The bloody quest for power of the Crusades still taints relations with the Muslim world. If “you shall know them by their fruits,” social control by God-declaring governments is hardly pious or good.

Why imitate the fundamentalist religious elites who make and interpret the law as in Iran? Do we want our own “morality police” to terrorize those who disagree?

Jesus said, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Give to God what belongs to God,” an apt description of the separation of state and religion. If he had wanted to rebel against Rome to found his own kingdom, he could have done so. Instead, he warned his followers not to harm those who arrested him and said “the kingdom of heaven” is inside – not outside – of us. Humility and non-violence are absent today.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Religion is a matter between every man and his maker” and created his own non-Christian bible. He did not make it compulsory reading. He knew that when the government imposes a religion on everyone, we all reap sacrilege and evil tyranny.

Rebekah Shardy, Loveland

Ignore the GOP Debt Talk, Vote Democrat

Ah yes, the national debt. Something the GOP only drags around at election time. Remember when Dick Cheney said deficits didn’t matter? Six years later, the national debt has reached an all-time high.

Very little research is needed to know that the national debt grew the most during the terms of three presidents – Reagan, George W Bush and Trump – all Republicans. It was their decision to give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest people that caused huge increases in the national debt, as well as the shrinking of the middle class.

Remember how Republicans used to call for a balanced budget amendment at election time? It sounded good, but there was never any substance behind the idea, as they never made any specific proposals on spending cuts. Let’s face it, everyone thinks spending should be cut, but few want those cuts to be made where it will affect them. Some things never change.

The GOP is asking for our votes in November to secure a better future. Unfortunately, that won’t happen if the party that refuses to accept the science of climate change wins. Because without serious action taken to address this issue, there will be no future, let alone a better one.

Republicans talk about reckless spending, but is it reckless to invest in infrastructure that has been ignored for so long? Or in alternative energy so we don’t have to worry about supply manipulation by OPEC and Russia? Or help Americans get through COVID and global inflation and shortages? Or ask corporations and the wealthiest Americans (over $400,000) to pay more taxes so we can pay for necessary spending while reducing the deficit?

President Biden is simply proposing the steps taken by Presidents Clinton and Obama to grow the economy for all Americans. Nothing radical, not just for those at the top. Let’s go, Brandon!

Ken Bublitz, Loveland

Jerry B. Hatch