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June 21, 2006

Define “worldview”

Some people just can’t help to pick and choose their facts to favor their beliefs even when they realize they probably don’t know everything that is going on. They heard a catch phrase and that’s enough. Case in point…

Spunky of Spunky’s Homeschool Blog initially posted information about a Belgium homeschooler being unfairly persecuted by the authorities under an entry “Stupid in Belgium.” Fortunately, Daryl with his HE&OS blog and on the Homeschool Watch list found some additional information that would indicate things aren’t necessarily as they seem.

HE&OS:

So, the parents are members of a political party that, if not banned outright, skirts the very edges. I think it might be best if the conservative/homeschool bloggers (AND HSLDA) just sit this one out.

Valeria over at HEM backed him up.

News & Commentary Home Page » Blog Archive » Belgian editor-author summoned to police station because of homeschooling:

Many of us object to the ‘one world government’ being imposed upon us via our government signing U.N. treaties, but yet we are in favor of a U.S. viewpoint of law as the standard for all other countries.

So Spunky comes back and acknowledges that

SpunkyHomeSchool: Clash of Worldviews:

I’m sure there are many facets to this case we don’t know or understand.

in a post entitled “Clash of Worldviews.” Let’s see, so she is sure that there are many facets that she doesn’t understand BUT because she found the quote below, she thinks it is just a symptom of a greater clash of world views.

SpunkyHomeSchool: Clash of Worldviews:

I came across this quote by the Mr. Belien that tells a little more about their family’s worldview,Europeans have foolishly replaced God by the State as the one on whom they rely to take care of all their needs from cradle to grave. The religious vacuum has led to a demographic vacuum, because those who lose faith in God lose faith in the future as well. A civilization that has created a religious and a demographic vacuum is bound to perish.

If this is indicative of what the “separatists” stand for, I can see why the state is trying to keep him quiet.

It’s all so calm and reasonable and she has her escape route by prefacing her statements with “if” and “appears.” The quote she provided also makes it seem rather reasonable–if you don’t look too closely. Substitute “Christian” for religious and “white European” for demographic and things take on a new meaning. And given the context of the quote, I would argue that is what by all “appearances” Paul Belien means and what Spunky actually thinks. Here is what appears directly before and after the quote:

Is This the End? | The Brussels Journal:

I have repeatedly defended the view that Muslim immigrants are not to blame for Europe’s predicament. The latter is entirely of our own making. Europeans have foolishly replaced God by the State as the one on whom they rely to take care of all their needs from cradle to grave. The religious vacuum has led to a demographic vacuum, because those who lose faith in God lose faith in the future as well. A civilization that has created a religious and a demographic vacuum is bound to perish.The lights are turning out for Europe. If America follows Europe’s example Christendom is lost.

This is about the rule of Christendom. It doesn’t matter if the Muslim immigrants become Flemish or not because even the Flemish are abandoning Christendom. They’re just one symptom.

Why does this bother me so?

1. Despite even saying she doesn’t know what all is going on, Spunky had to put in the last word of support of this guy since he “appears” to share the same beliefs.

2. She presented the belief as something within the context of national socialism versus religious belief. This is sure to be accepted by most Americans: socialism-bad, religious freedom-good. I know she never says this but this is the way it “appears” to me, making it seem a reasonable “clash of world views.”

3. I can accept a reasonable argument about to what extent immigrants need to assimilate into their new, chosen society. But this is really about the need for a nation to be Christian.

“If” she generally believes the preceding than it would “appear” that someone like me wouldn’t be welcomed into her community even though I have relatives who have fought for this country for seven plus generations. This wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the fact that she “seems” to think the United States should look just like her community.

It’s a bait and switch and I’m seeing more and more of it. For example: “It’s not freedom ‘from’ religion but freedom ‘of’ religion.” It’s neither, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Religion.”

I don’t know if it’s deliberate on her part or not but it doesn’t matter since in either case it is making it a more difficult country for me to live. But then again, I guess that’s the point.

23 Comments »

  1. It appears you have missed the the point entirely. I’m not looking to make the US or any country Christian. But a man should be allowed to express his views Christian or otherwise. Further he should be free to educate his children with any belief he chooses and not forced to sign a form consenting to anything. I shared his worldview not because I agree with it, but because it sheds light on where HE is coming from NOT me. I’m not the issue, neither is my worldview. I am in full agreeement with you on the establishment clause. I’m not trying to bait and switch anything.

    Comment by Spunky — June 21, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Maybe I have missed the point. While in all likelihood, his homeschooling is being scrutinized because of his political beliefs, I didn’t see where he wasn’t allowed to express his Christian views. Maybe I just read too much into the last two sentences of your post. I find that words and meaning can be tricky to interpret even when I’m a native speaker.

    Comment by texased — June 21, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  3. It isn’t that he wasn’t allowed to express his Christian views but that he is being scrutinized excessively for expressing them. They are using homeschooling as a wedge to intimidate and possibly silence his views. Whether we agree or disagree with his views, he should have the right to express them without penalty.

    Comment by Spunky — June 21, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

  4. How do you know that he is being scrutinized for expressing his Christian views?

    Comment by texased — June 22, 2006 @ 9:14 am

  5. Keep in mind I am not saying his views are my Christian views. But they are his and I support his right to expres them. I posted a report today that shows how he is being hit up for what he believes. You can get the links on my blog.

    Comment by Spunky — June 22, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

  6. I’d love for you to let me know if this changes your assessment of things. I don’t want a community that thinks my way. Not all Christians homeschoolers are Domionionists who want to rule as a theocracy. Your assertion that this may be a hidden motive of mine to make the US look like my community is false. You ascribe to me something I don’t believe and then use that to assert I wouldn’t welcome you into my community. Let me be the first to welcome you to Detroit. If you are ever in the neighborhood please drop me a note.

    Comment by Spunky — June 22, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  7. I will admit that I made some assumptions and accept your word that they do not apply to you. I am always grateful to meet people of faith who are willing welcome me into their community even though I may not share their beliefs. It renews my faith in humanity. Detroit? Lets see, I believe that’s north of Texas😉

    Comment by texased — June 22, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

  8. Detroit? Lets see, I believe that’s north of Texas

    Exactly. Slightly north and to the east a wee bit. Travel in the summer and dress in layers. Don’t worry about making assumptions. We all do it. Sometimes we’re right. Sometimes not. That’s what’s so wonderful about life, there’s alway a few surprises to keep us humble and learning. Thanks for keeping me on my toes and always thinking about the best way to say and do things.

    Comment by Spunky — June 23, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

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