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Discussion: Education Policy Assignment Instructions
The purpose of the Discussion is to begin to analyze and formulate the â€œMayâ€ of governmental authority to enact policy from a Biblical worldview and Constitutional foundations.
For this Discussion, you will interact in a free-flowing discussion of the biblical and constitutional parameters for the policy focus of federal education policy. The thread should be short and succinct (3-5 sentences at most per topic) Thus, you are to post according to the following guidelines:
Biblical: One paragraph (3-5 sentences) applying the Biblical principles (section one of the Synthesis Paper Assignment) such as natural law, inalienable rights, sphere sovereignty/covenant, the Sin/Crime distinction and the institutional separation of Church and State to a specific policy. Please remember that simply citing scripture does not constitute a Biblical worldview analysis. You must apply the Biblical principles as discussed in the course.
Constitutional: One paragraph (3-5 sentences) referencing the enumerated powers, Articles and Amendments from the Constitution which are relevant to the assigned policy area.
NOTE: Avoid the use of the General Welfare Clause as a justification for the legislation unless you can definitively demonstrate that the entire U.S. population will benefit from the legislation, or provide significant Supreme Court rulings to support the use of the clause.
There must be two separate paragraphs. Both paragraphs must focus on the general policy area for the assigned module. For instance, when the course module focuses on criminal justice, the Biblical post must focus on what the Bible says about what government may or may not do in fighting crime. Likewise, the Constitutional post must focus on what the Constitution says about what government may or may not do in fighting crime. Specific examples should be used and cited.
You must use the following sources:
1. the Bible,
2. relevant presentations and articles from Modules/Weeks 1â€“2 which focus on biblical and constitutional ideas, including the â€œBiblical Principles of Governmentâ€ article,
3. the required reading from the assigned module/week, and
4. any additional relevant sources that you would like to use.
CHAPTER 6 MONSMA, STEVE
6: Church and State
â€œGive to Caesar What Is Caesarâ€™s,
and to God What Is Godâ€™sâ€
(Matthew 22 : 21)
IN 2003 A CONTROVERSY AROSE IN ALABAMA that made headlines nationwide and was the lead story on CNN. The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, installed a two-and-a-half-ton granite monument in the rotunda of the state judicial building with the Ten Commandments carved on it. A United States District Court judge ruled that the monument was an endorsement of religion in violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution. He ordered the monument removed. Moore refused, declaring, â€œGod has chosen this time and this place so we can save our country and save our courts for our children.â€ Alabamaâ€™s judicial ethics panel reacted by removing Judge Moore from office for his refusal to obey a clear court order.1
Another event: In the 1990s in an effort to create a lively exchange of ideas and opinions, the University of Virginia subsidized student publications. It subsidized fifteen different publications, ranging from an environmental publication to Yellow Journal, featuring anti religious tirades. Ronald Rosen berger and several other evangelical students started a publication called Wide Awake, in which they discussed from a clearly Christian perspective a number of current issues, such as war and peace, eating disorders, and homosexuality.
Wide Awake was denied university funding. Why? Because it was a religious publication, and the university had a policy against funding religious student publications. The students took their case to the courts. The lower federal courts sided with the university, but in a razor-thin, five to four decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the evangelical students. The Court stated that the First Amendmentâ€™s guarantee of governmental neutrality on matters of religion â€œis respected, not offended, when the government, following neutral criteria and evenhanded policies, extends benefits to recipients whose ideologies and viewpoints, including religious ones, are broad and diverse.â€2
In effect, the Supreme Court ruled that the University of Virginia could fund all legitimate student publications or no student publications; what it could not do is fund the secular ones but not the religious ones. To do so would discriminate against religious viewpoints.
What do these two events teach us about the relationship between church and state? How should we evangelical Christiansâ€”who take the Bible seriously and seek to live it out as citizensâ€”react to the Judge Moores and Ronald Rosenbergers of this world? Salute them as heroes of faith? Or condemn them for trying to prop up their faith with governmental support?
This chapter first considers a very basic principle that will help gui
Education Policy, Home Schools, and Christian Schools
Good morning. I’m Professor Cynthia Dunbar, School of Law and I want to talk to you a little bit about education, educational policy, and its connection with the civil government. I’m reminded of a quote by Augustine talks about when he looks back, he looks to the ancients to understand the distinctions between those things which would seem to be alike, which are really different. And the subtle difference that we’ve encountered today in our modern day. What I like to call socialized education policy is the compulsion at the hand of the civil government. The civil government is structured to be the sword tear of those who do evil. It is to promote good at the sanction evil. And instead has become an all-pervasive controlling entity that invades into every part of our lives. What areas that the Founding Fathers originally deemed would be separate and distinct from civil government control. One of the largest areas that they have gained control over, husband, education, educational policy, and trying to create a homogenous society. What I find interesting is that we have moved forward by the secular sacred ideology based upon Play-Doh of dualism and moved away from the Judeo Christian understanding of jurisdiction. And let me break that down for you. In layman’s terminology, the Bible gives us a clear framework for where the civil government is to provide and have jurisdiction or authority. Any area that they go beyond authority is all authority is given by God, becomes raw tyrannical power. It’s the viewpoint that gave the founders the insight to draw a very high barriers from the civil government going beyond into areas of our lives. They deemed inappropriate. It’s the very basis for the establishment of the Bill of Rights saying that Congress shall make no laws. Because it was an understanding that the civil government only got to extend so far and that the remaining areas of jurisdiction where reserved to the states and the people, and specifically to those areas that the Bible talks about personal jurisdiction, familial jurisdiction, and ecclesiastical jurisdiction. And this may sound like big words, but basically what that means is those personal areas. The areas such as our religious liberties, where we get to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience. It’s a very personal area that we have control over. The founders understood the civil government had absolutely no right to control or invade. The same thing with the millennial jurisdiction, which is simply the brights and the family. The area where the family is to control. The areas where the family is responsible before God. And when we look at that, those also protect our religious liberties. Because Madison, who was known as the father of our Constitution, is the fourth president. He basically detailed very clearly that religion is our duties owed to God
SYNTHESIS PAPER ASSIGNMENT 2
SYNTHESIS PAPER ASSIGNMENT 2
Synthesis Paper Assignment
Public Policy Analysis PADM550
Dr. Christopher Sharp
The United States Constitution’s founders integrated various biblical principles, which are still relied upon during judicial and political decision-making. Other opinions uphold that the farther people are driven from God, the more their foundation in Christianity will become. The paper aims to discuss biblical principles’ role in governance and policymaking and debate how Christianity, modernism, and postmodernism viewpoints influence these principles. The paper will also investigate what this will mean for the future.
This concept defined the rights important to our personhood and was coined by Thomas Jefferson, the second president of the United States. These alienable rights include the right to liberty, life, and property. According to Jefferson, these rights are inherent to the human being, as provided by Genesis 1:20, which states that God developed this when he granted man control over land, air, and sea. God developed the ten commandments in Exodus 20 to provide man with guidelines to follow. In Acts 10:34, Peter is testifying that God displays no partiality. He used the death of Jesus Christ to show that all men are equal before his eyes. As a result, the government protects these rights to ensure that their people will not be limited to enjoying them because of God (Amos, 1987).
Natural laws are those laws that occur automatically to man as God sets them in place. Thomas Jefferson identified this when he wrote that liberty, life, and the freedom to pursue happiness are the natural laws established by God. He even referenced them to have influenced him when writing down the declaration of independence (Nicgorski, 2011). Therefore, the government should employ natural law to provide an even flow of developed rules and principles.
Institutional Separation of Church and State
This concept has been reflected in the Old Testament and continues even in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, God told Abraham that he would become the father of many nations; he portrayed this in the ten commandments and through other books, including Judges and Deuteronomy. In the New Testament, he ref