What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
Fascist organizations like the ACLU are seeking to take God out of our schools, our courtrooms, and the public arena as a whole. They are attempting to smother, and ultimately remove, America’s public religion . I recommend the book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation to get some added perspective on the role of religion in early American society, the lives of the Founding Fathers, and our nation today.
Having just graduated from BYU, I have fresh in my mind the experience of mixing secular studies with a spiritual setting. Having gone to a community college in San Diego for a semester, I also had the experience of just the opposite. The one I prefer should hardly be shocking to those reading this. I highly value the opportunity I had to start classes with a prayer, put biology in a religious context, and draw scriptural comparisons from web development methodologies.
When we have in our society today those who are vehemently opposing conservative lifestyles, trying to remove “In God We Trust” from our currency, and seeking to eradicate public prayer (among many, many other things), I am grateful for the opportunity and blessing of attending a university that understands the importance and benefit of infusing temporal learning with spiritual underpinnings.