Pretty much this.Christian colleges pull this crap (and so did a camp I worked for) and all it does is make a lot of people resentful.
I agree with this. It's fine to want more people to attend church. It's fine to pray about it, it's fine to proselytize, whatever. That's all fine and dandy. What is not is mandating that through government. It's not just going to breed resentment, because even if more people say they come to God, how many of those people are lying or being sycophantic(*) about it to avoid attracting attention? Among my friends (myself included), my Christian University who mandated daily chapel attendance turned off most of us to mainstream Christianity. I don't go to church anymore because I'm sick of being assaulted for my beliefs. I still consider myself Christian, I just haven't found a church that is courteous about disagreements(**).I do agree with her sentiment that there needs to be some sort of "moral awakening" in the country. I think we're long overdue for some form of spiritual reawakening in this nation, and have often been praying that more people will turn toward God.
That being said, though, I am opposed to the idea of legislation requiring church attendance. This is not the government's job, and no one should be forced to do things against their will. If they don't believe it, then forcing them to attend will only breed resentment and anger - basically the opposite of what this Republican state senator is desiring. Transforming this nation into a theocracy is not a step in the right direction, in my opinion.
That's a good point. I was playing fast and loose with words here.It's a weakness of the Senate that stems from the way it was designed. The House is (in theory) more representative of the people, while Senators originally represented the state governments (or some such), and were elected by state officials, not the people. This has since changed, but it has caused some issues like this.
State senator, not U.S. senator. Fortunately, it's only the people of Arizona who have to deal with her. Or vote her out of office, which may be the case now....I didn't catch what her position was the first time I read this... when I was telling my wife about it I told her I thought she was part of the state legislature. The fact that she's a Senator is scary!
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