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Politics And Religion…Enough Already!

Posted by nytexan on June 1, 2007

Religion and Politics two topics that always have opinions and cause heated arguments. I have always been of the opinion that religion and the church should never be part of the political argument or process. Before I go any further let me say for the record that I was raised a Roman Catholic and went to parochial school. My belief in separation is very strong, with that said, let us move on.

Currently all of the 2008 Presidential candidates are using their faith to get votes. Do you see a problem with that? I do, “using” their faith to gain votes. Are these candidates publicly showing their beliefs for votes or are the truly faithful. I find this odd; I was taught both at home and at school, that your relationship with God was personal. Your public actions towards society showed your teachings.

Personally, I find this public display of faith to voters as pandering. I am truly not interested in a person’s religion. I don’t find ones religion a valid argument for or against a presidential candidate. Look who the candidates are pandering to Roman Catholics, Protestants and Evangelist. Excuse me for pointing this out but not everyone in America is of these faiths.

So, in their attempt to gain votes, the 2008 candidates have left out Jews, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Agnostics and Atheist. Interesting, do their votes not matter? If a candidate espouses the teachings of Christian religion on the campaign stump then how do they connect with the other groups? I guess theses groups have to actually read about the candidates beyond their religious beliefs to make a decision. What a freaking novel idea, reading and education are.

Hillary and Obama have hired strategists to focus on reaching religious voters. Hire strategist!! Are these voters so far out there that one has to hire a strategist to connect with them. Is there thinking so far out there that translators are needed to get them to understand what the heck is going on in his country. Are these votes that important that all the candidates find it that necessary to put religion on the forefront of our culture?

Look at where we are today because of this bizarre pandering to the Christians in this country. Today, because of the religious influence in government, we have a President who says he is a Christian (I highly doubt this claim) and a religious base that has taken over the country. The result of this dangerous mix is; America is divided on every issue, filled with hate and hostility to anyone who is either an immigrant or a foreigner. How Christian, their God must be so proud of them.

We now have a Supreme Court that is fundamentally of Christian belief. These Justices’ will make decisions based on their belief rather than law or at least their beliefs will influence their opinion. I find that appalling and a slap in the face of our very foundation. Why is that a slap you ask, because these justices are suppose to protect the freedom of all American citizens. If their decisions are influenced or based on Christian religious beliefs then they are only representing some Americans. To the GOP Christian base, I’m sure this is just fine. But to me, a member of the American society it’s repulsive.

Every time I watch the House or the Senate and they open their session with a prayer, I cringe. This irritates me because it condones the notion that religion and government are joined at the hip. Some of my friends think I am a pain about this. However, I really don’t believe that religion has a place in pubic tax payer buildings; just as the government does not believe that ministers should promote the government or candidates from the pulpit.

Some may argue that American politics is based on Christianity. That’s the farthest thing from the truth. Religious persecution was why the Puritans came here. The founding fathers revolted for oppressive economic reasons, religion was not part of the Revolutionary War.

The founding fathers were not anti religion but they did believe that the government should not be beholden any one religion, nor should the government endorse any one religion. Most of the founding fathers were of Christian backgrounds, but were not practicing Christians. They lived during the age of enlightenment which moved their beliefs in a different direction and were not guided by religion, but by reason and science.

The pandering of candidates to any one religion to me is an insult to other religions as dismissive of those citizens. That type of politician is not for me. If a politician can not win an election on his or her leadership, passion to build a better future and their public commitment to peace and humanity then I believe they should not be in the race for President. I am not looking for an idealist for President, but I’m surely not looking for religion in public office either. Personally I have had enough of everyone’s God.

cross posted on www.truthhugger.com

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11 Responses to “Politics And Religion…Enough Already!”

  1. mirth said

    Awesome post! Whew! A terrific read.
    Yes, the candidates are panderers. Whatever might win them a vote, regardless of harm to our country’s wellbeing, that’s what they will do.
    I agree that this country was NOT founded on Christian beliefs. In fact the founders warned against allowing religion to influence government. They wrote protections against that very thing. Yet those who claim a patriotism above others, are the very ones who have brought America to her knees. THEY are the enemy. All of the destruction to us and to others in the world can be laid at the feet of these vocal, bigoted, hatefilled, exclusionary, war-mongering, false Christians who have no understandings of the teachings of Christ.
    We should not vote for one of these pandering candidates. Yet here we are in that space between a rock and a hard place, preparing to give our approval and power to someone ready to continue dividing us instead of uniting us as a diverse, and thus lush, population. What other choice do we have?

  2. nytexan said

    Mirth:
    Thank you.

    Christians have turned the country upside down. The sad thing is that this particular group of Christians have given all Christians in this country a bad name.

    They commingle ideas, philosophies and ideologies to forward their twisted agenda. I personally have had enough.

    I don’t know what choice we have, but I will be listening very closely to the candidate who is NOT pandering.

    BTW Mirth..I wish you would tell me how you really feel about Christians.

  3. More harm has been brought to humanity throughout history in the name of religion than anything else.

    Not gold, or borders, or real estate, can hold a candle to the destruction caused by religion.

    I often wonder if humanity will survive “God,” and “Allah.”

  4. nytexan said

    Preachers will tell you that money is the root of all evil but I tend to think that religion and all its holly wars and inquisitions make it the root of all evil.

  5. Preachers want your money.

    Just ask Jim Bakker.

  6. nytexan said

    And they get it in piles. Bakker and his cohort made a killing of wing nuts.

  7. mirth said

    nytexan, don’t mistake my rants against xians as applying to all Christians. While I agree that religion is at the base of evil in the world, was/is/will be, those who understand and follow the teachings of Christ have all my respect and love.
    The xians, that is the false Christians (and Muslims and Jews, etc), know nothing about the goodness Christ and other spiritual leaders have brought to the world.

  8. nytexan said

    Mirth:
    I should have said it was sarcasm. I understood from your previous post your actual feelings regarding the “some” and not the “all”.

  9. mirth said

    Good, that’s settled.
    *laugh*

  10. nytexan said

    LOL
    Done now where’s the chips and salsa

  11. bosskitty said

    Well said NYTexan! If enough of us carry this torch, maybe we can shed some light into the darkness this administration has cloaked this country in!

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