This is part 32 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.
32. Do you think Christian refugees are more deserving of American assistance than non-Christian refugees?
Unlike, Hawkins, I don’t put a higher priority on Christians over non-Christians, but with that being said, Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world,. Most of the refugees are not being persecuted, but are simply being bombed out of their homes and have no place to go. That doesn’t mean they all are, but it also doesn’t mean we should just be letting people in without being vetted.
I also think that Christians are going to assimilate more to surroundings in the United States, or any country for that matter, more than non-Christians, i.e., Muslims. Why? There’s nothing in the Christian religion that says not to assimilate. Certainly, there are worldly things that we need to stay away from, or partake in moderation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fit in with our neighbors. Islam is more opposed assimilation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I have coworkers that are Islamic, and we get along just fine. That doesn’t mean all Muslims think that way, and one simply has to watch the news to see that there are a large number that absolutely will not assimilate. In fact, they believe we need to assimilate to them.
This is part 31 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.
31. why is the religious freedom of an anti-LGBT baker important to you, but not a Muslim soldier or physician?
There must be a story to go with this somewhere, but I’m not sure what it is. In a nutshell, though, the religious freedoms of all Americans should be respected, but there are some limitations, just like the Freedom Speech restriction of “You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater.” So, let’s talk about this for a moment to correct some misconceptions.
First, most Christian bakers, florists, photographer, etc. do not discriminate against gay people. They discriminate against events. If a gay person comes into a bakery, the Christian baker will sell the gay person bread, cookies, cake, whatever. It’s when asked to provide a wedding cake for a wedding event that creates the problem. I would be surprised if you didn’t get the same reaction from an Islamic baker, but I wonder if activists would flip out over that. Most Christians are not “against gay people.” They’re against homosexuality, and they separate the two. One is an action, a sin, and that is what they won’t condone. Quite frankly, Christians are supposed to discriminate against sin!
Muslim soldiers and physicians also have a right to practice their religion, and I haven’t heard of any instances where they have not been afforded that right. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, but it’s certainly not on the scale that Christian rights have been attacked.
I wonder if a Muslim baker would be attacked in the media for not baking a wedding cake for a gay wedding the same way Christians have. Would Muslim bakers have to be “reeducated?”
This is part 30 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.
30. At what point will taxes be so low that you would cease advocating for them to be cut further?
This is simple. I would stop advocating for lower taxes when the government isn’t spending money on programs and projects it shouldn’t be in the business of, which is just about all of them.
I’ll put it another way. I’ll stop advocating for lower taxes when liberals stop advocating for unconstitutional programs, and more free stuff.
This is part 29 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.
29. why doesn’t character matter to you anymore?
Character does matter. And when faced with the character of Hillary Clinton versus the character of Donald Trump, Trump won. Hillary lost because character does matter.
This is part 28 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.
28. Do you believe Trump will significantly revive the manufacturing industry thru higher tariffs and alienating trade partners?
I have mixed feelings about the trade agreements we hold with different countries. Perhaps he can work out better trade deals than what we have in place, but whether it helps or hurts manufacturing will be seen.
Part of the problem I have, is that you could certainly create a deal that makes it more viable for American businesses to hire American workers here at home, but what will that do to the cost of those goods? We enjoy low prices on a lot of imported goods, so while we may be put more people back to work with more manufacturing, we may simultaneously be hurting the poor.
The goal needs to be to not only put people back to work, but keep the cost of living down, and that’s going to be a fine line to walk.