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Pam Hogeweide and Emmett Bailey would have much to talk about at a sit-down dinner. They are both active churchgoers, committed to their families, and love their cities—Portland, Oregon, and Richmond, Virginia. Both Pam and Emmett say their reading of Scripture compels them to join current U.S. political movements. The only difference? Pam is an Occupy protester, a decision she says allows her to pursue God's heart for justice, while Emmett is a Tea Party member, which he says ensures that God's gifts of liberty and freedom remain intact.

How can people who share the same faith embrace such different political views? And what does their witness tell us about the state of American politics?

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How can people who share the same faith embrace such different politics?
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Roger McKinney

March 29, 2012  9:35am

Arthur, I agree completely. The problem is that no one obeys the Constitution, least of all the US government. US Supreme Court justices have ignored it since 1929. Don't mistake what is for what the authors of the Constitution intended. The US Constitution meant to limit government; The Supreme Court has found loopholes using the commerce clause and other clauses, that neuter the intent and allow unrestricted state power. At the same time, no one who participated in writing the US Constitution thought that law could perfect human nature. That is a socialist concept unknown to the founders. Only God can change human nature. The role of government is to limit the damage that evil people can do.

Roger McKinney

March 29, 2012  9:30am

For the best interpretations of the encyclicals "Rerum Novarum", "Populorum Progressio", adn "Caritas in Veritate" by the current Pope, see the articles at acton.org. The current Pope is more free market oriented than any except the previous Pope.

Jack Lee

March 27, 2012  10:03pm

Praise GOD for Beautiful courageous patriotic people like Mr. Bailey. I support you 100% in your endeavors.


March 23, 2012  9:55pm

Roger... "The US Constitution is as close to an expression of Biblical government as any is likely to get." Ahh... this is a bit more reasonable. Other (in my view) better ideas are in existence as ideas but I will concede the point "as any is likely to get". That notwithstanding, "by their fruits..." etc. I don't find anything very Christ-like about deploying cluster bombs, landmines and depleted-Uranium munitions -- all of them remaining as long-term toxins long after the "justness" of the conflict they were used in is mooted. I don't find anything very Christ-like about ascribing personhood to corporations so that they have the right to splash their speech (money) about so that elections are the best that money can buy, nor of the risks that a young man such as Trayvon Martin face in walking home while black. (I'm nearly 50 and white, for the record, and Canadian and I am appalled) So it's hard to accept the inspiredness of the founding document too exuberantly.

A Hermit

March 22, 2012  6:42am

@ RMcK: The teachings you refer to at Salamanca are Catholic church teachings of centuries ago. Church teaching has evolved since then: while it decries socialism and affirms private property, it also decries the evils of unrestricted capitalism. I suggest you read the encyclicals "Rerum Novarum", "Populorum Progressio", adn "Caritas in Veritate" by the current Pope.


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