RE: [asa] The Theocracy is Coming! [again]

From: <gmurphy10@neo.rr.com>
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 20:10:19 EDT

So any Christian who "actively promotes" her/his faith should not hold any position of public trust?

Shalom,
George

---- "Dehler wrote:
> Although no one said it, I think this may be the real reason (or a lot to do with it) why Dawkins stepped down (from http://richarddawkins.net/article,2246,Charles-Simonyi-Professorship-in-the-Public-Understanding-of-Science,Richard-Dawkins) so he could work more on his atheist evangelism/ministry (http://richarddawkins.net/). It does seem dangerous to put ministry leaders (Christian, atheist, etc.) into public positions... it may be dangerous for both politics and religion. To be fair, we don't want to see an atheist evangelist there, so why would we be unfair in demanding (or accepting) a Christian one? Dawkins and Collins may deny they are evangelists, but they are... both actively promoting their religion (or belief system).
>
> ...Bernie
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> From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On Behalf Of Dehler, Bernie
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> RE: "Collins may indeed be a good administrator, but this appointment is a mistake. At the very least, Collins must remove himself as director of the BioLogos foundation, as holding both posts would represent an unwanted incursion of religion into the public sphere. "
> That is the crisis confronting Dr. Collins now:
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> "Every preacher ought to be primarily a prophet of God who preaches as God bids him, without regard to results. When he becomes conscious of the fact that he is a leader in his own church or denomination, he has reached a crisis in his ministry. He must now choose one of two courses, that of prophet of God or a leader of men. If he seeks to be a prophet and a leader, he is apt to make a failure of both. If he decides to be a prophet only insofar as he can do without losing his leadership, he becomes a diplomat and ceases to be a prophet at all. If he decides to maintain leadership at all costs, he may easily fall to the level of a politician who pulls the wires in order to gain or hold a position." (H. C. A. Dixon, A. C. Dixon [New York: Putnam's, 1931], p. 277)
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> From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On Behalf Of Nucacids
> Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 8:55 AM
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> Subject: [asa] The Theocracy is Coming! [again]
>
> Jerry Coyne sounds the alarm and throws down the gauntlet. Smell the threatiness:
>
> "Well, we thought we'd seen the last of the theocracy of George W. Bush, but it apparently ain't so. The Scientist<http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55733/> reports (and this has been the buzz for weeks), that born-again Christian and BioLogos Foundation director Francis Collins is likely to be named as head of the National Institutes of Health
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> [...]
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> I am funded by the NIH, and I'm worried. Not about my own funding (although I'm a heathen cultural Jew), but about how this will affect things like stem-cell research and its funding.
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> [...]
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> We are just recovering from the theocracy of G. W. Bush, and I was happy that federally-funded stem-cell research was allowed to go ahead. Now what will happen?
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> [...]
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> Collins may indeed be a good administrator, but this appointment is a mistake. At the very least, Collins must remove himself as director of the BioLogos foundation, as holding both posts would represent an unwanted incursion of religion into the public sphere. I call for him to resign from BioLogos if he's appointed as head of the NIH. (That, of course, has the attendant benefit of putting the ever-amusing Karl Giberson in charge of BioLogos!)"
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> http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/collins-may-be-nih-director/

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