I have received some more internet website-generated letters (which presumably were sent to all the candidates in this race) on the subject of "worldview." Here's how they go:
> [City], MO [zip]
> August 20, 2008
> Kevin Craig
> PO Box 179
> Powersite, MO 65731
> Dear Mr. Craig:
> Recently, the presumptive presidential nominees of
> both major political parties participated in a
> nationally televised forum at which they discussed
> not only their positions on a number of important issues,
> but also answered questions that revealed their worldview.
> As a member of the Center for Moral Clarity, a national
> Christian grassroots organization, I am convinced that
> a leader's worldview is the most important thing a
> follower can know about him or her. To that end, I
> want to ask you some of the same questions that were
> asked at the recent presidential forum:
> • At what point does a baby get human rights?
> • How do you define marriage?
> • Does evil exist? And if it does, what should we
> do to counter it?
> • Should all citizens have the right to publicly
> profess and observe their religious faith?
> I look forward to learning your responses to these questions.
Here's my answer:
Thanks very much for asking about my worldview. I agree with you that this is a very important question. I'm confident I'm the only candidate for U.S. Congress who has an entire page on their campaign website specifically directed to this question:
You asked me four questions that came from the Saddleback Forum.
> • At what point does a baby get human rights?
At conception -- but I am more pro-life than John McCain. I oppose all embryonic stem-cell research. I would not have voted in favor of appropriations to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that carry out abortions, as McCain did:
I believe abortion is always murder.
A child should not be put to death because her father committed a crime when she was conceived.
I have been called "pro-choice" because I do not believe a woman who murders her child should be executed or locked up with a car-jacker and bank robber:
But I believe schools should teach children in age-appropriate ways that abortion is murder. Your current Congressman promised in 1996 (when he was first elected) to abolish the federal Department of Education because it prohibits teaching children that God says "Thou shalt not kill." But not only does that unconstitutional and wasteful bureaucracy still exist, your current Congressman has repeatedly voted to increase its budget, and it is now DOUBLE what it was under Bill Clinton:
> • How do you define marriage?
God defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for life.
Again, parents should be free to send their children to schools which teach God's view of marriage. Your current Congressman has given secular bureaucrats in Washington increased control over your local schools.
> • Does evil exist? And if it does,
> what should we do to counter it?
I think Obama and McCain both agree that evil exists. McCain said "DEFEAT IT." He added:
"if I’m president of the United States, my
friends, if I have to follow him to the
gates of hell, I will get bin Laden and
bring him to justice."
Obama certainly agrees, I think, that terrorists are evil. But I liked Obama's answer better:
WARREN: OK, we’ve got one last time — I’ve
got a bunch more, but let me ask you one
about evil. Does evil exist? And if it does,
do we ignore it? Do we negotiate with it?
Do we contain it? Do we defeat it?
OBAMA: Evil does exist. I mean, I think we
see evil all the time. We see evil in Darfur.
We see evil, sadly, on the streets of our
cities. We see evil in parents who viciously
abuse their children. I think it has to be
confronted. It has to be confronted squarely,
and one of the things that I strongly believe
is that, now, we are not going to, as individuals,
be able to erase evil from the world. That is
God’s task, but we can be soldiers in that process,
and we can confront it when we see it.
Now, the one thing that I think is very important
is for to us have some humility in how we approach
the issue of confronting evil, because a lot of
evil’s been perpetrated based on the claim that
we were trying to confront evil.
REV. RICK WARREN, SADDLEBACK CHURCH: In the name
OBAMA: In the name of good, and I think, you know,
one thing that’s very important is having some
humility in recognizing that just because
we think that our intentions are good, doesn’t
always mean that we’re going to be doing good.
Especially when it comes to Islamic terrorism, I believe we need to remember that "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
America's Founding Fathers faced terrorists, every bit as evil as Islamic terrorists. They were called "Indians." But America's strategy (back when America was a Christian nation) was not to "bomb them back to the stone age." They sent missionaries and Bibles to "civilize the heathen."
The U.S. federal government is responsible for the deaths of nearly two million innocent non-combatant men, women and children in Iraq -- people who probably didn't like Saddam Hussein much more than you and I do. The U.S. federal government gave financial aid to Saddam Hussein when he was at war with Iran in the 1980's. The total cost of violent armed force in Iraq is (so far) nearly a trillion dollars. That money could have converted the entire nation of Iraq to Christianity if America's Founders had spent it.
We must not be willing to destroy entire neighborhoods just because a politician shouts "EVIL!" I think this is what Obama was saying, and I think he had a good point.
> • Should all citizens have the right to
> publicly profess and observe their
> religious faith?
Does that surprise you?
Imagine that the man across the street from you is a member of the Aztec faith, and he has built a stone altar in his front yard, and as you look out the window, you see that he is about to rip the beating heart out of his 14-yr old daughter and offer it to the sun-god. Will you allow him to practice his faith, or will you grab his daughter off the altar to protect her life? Who should the police arrest: you, for "infringing on his religious freedom," or the father for attempted murder?
"Pluralism" is a myth.
"Multiculturalism" is a myth.
All laws are based on one religion or another.
"Pluralism" simply means that a society is in transition from one religion to a new one.
A century ago, the United States Supreme Court said that in a Christian nation like America, people can BELIEVE whatever they want, but their ACTIONS must conform to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," which is a Christian concept with Christian meaning:
Just today I received a copy of IMPRIMIS, the monthly publication of Hillsdale College, with an article by Mark Steyn entitled "Lights out on Liberty." He describes Britain's on-going transition from a Christian nation that does not tolerate Islamic terrorism to an Islamic nation under Sharia law that will not tolerate Christians. You can read it here:
Again, I don't believe in killing all the Aztecs, or locking them in prison with psychopaths. But I do believe in evangelism and promoting a Christian worldview, because that's what gave us "the blessings of liberty." Promoting a Christian worldview is really the whole reason I'm running for Congress. (Promoting the Christian worldview used to be a requirement for every politician.)
If you want to promote a Christian worldview, I'd like to suggest that you forward this letter to all your friends. Encourage them to vote for Kevin Craig in November, and to write to their friends as well.
And thanks again for asking the important question about worldviews.
Libertarian Party Candidate
U.S. House of Representatives, MO-7th
Powersite, MO 65731-0179
I would like to add a P.S. to this blog post:
The letter uses the word "follower."
That word sends shivvers up my spine.
"Voter" is bad enough.