"You can’t force people to act morally—long term, at least—by government mandate, regulation, and force. True change takes place in hearts and minds, which then will be reflected in the “government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people.”
"The United States never was, nor will be, the kingdom of God, and any attempt to identify it as such is idolatrous. What we need today is not a return to the past, but a turning to a future that has never been: a healthy pluralism in which all views are allowed, encouraged, and respected, and in which a healthy respect for the value of religion in America’s past, present, and future permeates society. "
The two paragraphs above were made by Richard Land in his post, Your Faith and the State. I agree with the second paragraph with the exception of "encouraged." While in our Democratic society all views should be allowed (but not all views should be allowed to be acted on) and respected, I'm not sure all views should be encouraged. How can we justify the encouragement of an Islamic jihad philosophy?
Click on the title to read the whole article. It's rather lengthy but worth the read.
Just a thought!