Religious Pages Index
By Richard Bruce BA, MA, and PhC in Economics
Former Instructor St. John's University, New York City

Catholics and Politics, Index

Vote your faith. Religion is a powerful, perhaps the most powerful determinate of how people vote. People have been voting their faith for two and a half thousand years and democracy has worked pretty well. So you are not undermining the stystem by voting your faith. Furthermore, it is not illegal, or un-American to vote your faith. This argument has been very popular on Reddit.

It is commonly thought that religion including Christianity is somehow opposed to freedom. In this essay I look at the Freedom House ratings and find out the opposite is the case. Empirically the evidence is that Christianity supports freedom.

Some Catholics, other religious people, and even non-believers believe that modern institutions are hostile to faith. But in many ways the great institutions of our society, democracy, civil liberties, the market, and empircism favor religion. Find out why this is so.

Evolution, progress, technology have often been the Devil's tools. The Devil tells us that progress and liberal institutions require us to give up God. Here is an web page on this. A theory of progress, the devil's view.

This essay on school vouchers was published in the New Oxford Review a Catholic intellectual magazine that deals with politics inside and outside of the Chruch.

The essay suggests that parents and/or the church should pay for the religious portion of parocrial school education while tax financed school vouchers pay for the secular portion of the education. I hoped these suggestions would make school vouchers to make them acceptable to voters outside the Catholic Church. Also included on the page is the discussion on the letters to the editor page concerning the article.

Catholics should support all the positions of the Catholic Church both conservative and liberal. We will usually have to vote for candidates that oppose some of the positions of the Catholic Church.We need to make it clear that we are making a deal, voting for them because they support us on an important issue or issues, but never agree to be agreeable. Many want to be consistent Republicans or Democrats, but this simply temps politicians to compromise by dropping the very issue that drew us into the party in the first place. If you express approval for Republican economic policy they will quickly put the right to life on the back burner to be dealt with in a future that will never come.

The Catholic Church traditionally supported the right of the state to use Capital Punishment, but recent popes have been very negative about it. There is a practical reason why we should give up capital punishment at this point that few have noticed.

When Churchill suggested that Stalin consider the popes views, Stalin asked How many divisions does the pope have. The power of the Pope and other religious leaders is consentrated in the voting booth, not on the battle field.

Index page on gay issues as they relate to faith, particularly the Catholic faith. Particularly popular is an essay on Brendan Eich, the computer wiz, who fired because he would not say gay marriages should be legally recognized.

The Zika virus is being used as still another excuse for birth control and putting off pregnancy. But there are costs to this strategy. Older parents mean more birth defects, and the older parents often find they waited too long and can not become pregnant.

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Last updated April 10, 2020

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