Thideology News of the Day

Manipulating a death for political purposes

Proponents of socialized medicine in the United States did not wait long to capitalize on the recent death of Senator Ted Kennedy. They are using his death as an emotional tool in an attempt to garner support for the Democrats’ attempts to nationalize all health care in the United States. They are doing this under the guise of “honoring” Ted Kennedy.

WallPaintI’ve already pointed out several reasons I oppose government run health care. But this new development deserves one additional comment…

With all due respect, my life — and the lives of my family members — are NOT raw material with which you may build a monument to anyone. I regard attempts to nationalize health care as a direct assault on my life and the lives of those in my family. The federal government has no authority to step in between me and my doctors. The decisions regarding my health and medical care are mine and mine alone. Government intervention in this will severely limit the options available to me, will make my attempts to purchase medical treatment a “government matter” fraught with bureaucratic peril and could, quite literally, end up costing me my life. I have never, nor do I now, consent to having this portion of my life controlled by anyone else.

If you want to honor Ted Kennedy that’s fine. Use your own money, your own resources and leave me out of it.

Government intervention in education

A New Hampshire court has ordered a homeschooled girl into public schools, in part because her Christian faith (as taught to her by her mother) is a, “bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews.”

Some questions:

  1. Who has the ultimate authority over a child’s education? Answer: Parents
  2. Does the state have the authority to determine whether or not a person’s Christian beliefs are a “bit too sincerely held” and whether or not that faith should be “sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews?” Answer: Absolutely NOT
  3. Did you ever think this kind of totalitarian behavior would show up in the United States?

Religious Roots of Liberty

Too many Americans have forgotten what real liberty is. They’ve also forgotten the origins of liberty. Fortunately some of us still remember. Now if we can just remind the others.


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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